When I Was a New Lawyer

Vol. 14 No. 2

Joseph W. Dent, Partner, Watson Spence LLP, Albany, Georgia.

What is your background, and what inspired you to become a lawyer?

I was born in Fort Valley, Georgia, and grew up in Middle Georgia. I started college early with hopes of becoming an aeronautical engineer and possibly an astronaut. But after Chemistry 2 and Calculus 1 took their toll on me, I changed my major to Political Science/Public Administration, the “pre-law major.” I was inspired when I gave a toast at a rehearsal dinner from the “kiddy table”—I was just 18, and several lawyers in attendance told me I should consider the law.

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