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Wilhelm Joseph, Jr.

Maryland Legal Aid
Executive Director
Baltimore, MD
Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr. received his Bachelor of Science from Mississippi Valley State University in 1969, his Certificate of African Studies from the University of Ghana in 1971, his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1972, and his Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1983. Mr. Joseph served as the National Director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (with headquarters in New York City) from 1972 through 1974 after which he began working as a staff attorney and administrator at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) in Oxford, MS. In 1975, Mr. Joseph was promoted to the position of Executive Director for the organization. In 1982 he enrolled in the graduate program at Harvard before joining Legal Services for New York City (previously called Community Action for Legal Services) where he served as consultant and special assistant to the Executive Director from 1983 until 1990. He was later named Director of the Legal Support Unit, a department that was responsible for citywide litigation, training, legislative advocacy and other support services. In addition to his full-time position, he also served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at the City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College from 1984 until 1996. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Joseph served as a volunteer for the National Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers(NCBL), a non-governmental organization that is accredited at the United Nations. For several years, Mr. Joseph served as the representative of the National Conference of Black Lawyers at the United Nations. In September 1996, Mr. Joseph was recruited for the position of Executive Director of the Legal Aid Bureau (conducting business as Maryland Legal Aid) in Maryland where he directs management of the statewide civil legal services program that comprises 295 staff members, including 150 attorneys who work out of 13 offices. Mr. Joseph has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the American Bar Association-Section of Litigation’s Legal Services Project.