ABOUT JOE

EDUCATION

College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Degree: JD – May, 1982 – GPA 3.05

Wake Forest University

Degree: BA History – May, 1979-Cum Laude

CERTIFICATION: Executive Leadership Institute ( ELI ) of University System of Georgia ( 2012 )

GOVERNMENTAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

City Council: Elected May, 1984, Re-elected May, 1988 (youngest ever, Galax, VA)

Chatham County Electoral Board, Chairman ( 2011-2015 )

Leadership Savannah (2004 graduate), Board Member 2006-2014

Review Board, Historic Savannah (2005 – 2010) Chairman 2006-7

Board of Governors, First City Club of Savannah; Chairman ( 2009- 2010  )

Industrial Certification Coordinator (VA)

American Heart Association Lobbyist (VA)

VA Democratic Central Committee (1985-1989)

Past Member: MENSA Intl., Rotary, Jaycees

Board of Directors, Big Brother/Big Sisters

Legal Aid Society of the New River Valley, Inc.

100 Black Men of Savannah

Board Member and Co-founder Liamsland.org { Research Funding for Lymphatic Disease }

Savannah’s Promise (Literacy Volunteer)

Board of Directors, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club

Board of Directors, King-Tisdell Foundation CASA, Board of Directors

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Admitted to Practice: Virginia Courts ( 1982 ), Georgia Courts ( 2002 ) , US District Court S.D. Ga. (2008)

Areas of Concentration: Education, Workers Compensation, Government Benefits, Personal Injury, Governmental Relations, Cycling Advocacy

Twice Voted Savannah’s Best Attorney {Connect Magazine}

SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Director of Legal and Governmental Affairs (Current)

President Community Development Corporation

BROADCAST EXPERIENCE

Election Commentator – ABC/Fox 22 TV, Savannah, Georgia, 2003 – current

Political Commentator and Guest Host – WBMQ-AM, Savannah, Georgia, 2003-current

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor – Business Law, New River Community College, Dublin, VA

Instructor – Business Law, Radford University, Radford, VA

Instructor – Sociology and Ethics, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Frequent Lecturer Education In-service Programs, Government, History, Sports and Law Topics

Sports/Marketing/Naming Rights Activities  

Owner and Managing Partner: Roanoke Express Professional Ice-Hockey Team-1993-1999

East Coast Hockey League Executive Committee – 1996-1998

Naming Rights/Sponsorship Agent for Chatham Co Parks and Recreation Facilities – Current

PUBLICATIONS

**Legal Ethics in Sports article Vol. II, Summer, 1993, The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (ABA)

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