Joseph P. (Joe) Durham, Jr. was born in Dawson, Georgia in 1978. He graduated from Valdosta State University in 2000, and then attended Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 2003. Mr. Durham was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Mercer Client Counseling Team and the Advanced Writing, Research, and Drafting Program. Upon graduation from law school, he returned to Southwest Georgia.