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Joel graduated from Tennessee State University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Awarded Bachelor of Science in Political Science, May 1985, Dean’s List, 1983-1985

  • Member of Pre-Law Society

  • Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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Law School

Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas

  • Awarded Juris Doctor, May 1988

  • Selected to participate in American Trial Lawyers Association

  • Competition based on performance in Mock Trial Competition

  • Member of Moot Court Board

  • Member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International

Professional Associations

  • Member of the State of Oklahoma Bar Association

  • Member of the Oklahoma City Association of Black Lawyers

  • Member of the Oklahoma Municipal Judge’s Association

  • Past member of Oklahoma County Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Past member of National Criminal Defense College

Professional Experience

Assistant Public Defender

Oklahoma County Public Defenders’ Office 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Duties involve trial litigation in major felony cases; extensive motion practice; preparation and investigation of homicides; property crimes, and economic crimes.

Adjunct Professor

Langston University Urban Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Duties involve lecturing and class discussions relating to the legal ramifications of investigations; search and seizures; studies of constitutional and statutory laws associated with individuals civil rights.

Private Practice Attorney

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A law office that generally handles legal matters involving personal injury, criminal law, family law, civil law and probate matters. Additionally, extensive trial experience in municipal and district courts throughout the state of Oklahoma.

Municipal Court Judge

Midwest City, Oklahoma

Duties involve presiding over juvenile and adult cases relating to criminal misdemeanors.

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