Former AHI Undergraduate Fellow Joe Bock took the oath to begin his first term as Municipal Public Defender for Boonton, NJ.

The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) congratulates Joseph Bock on beginning his first term as Municipal Public Defender in his home town of Boonton, New Jersey. An AHI Undergraduate Fellow during his matriculation at Hamilton College, Joe was graduated in 2009. He majored in history and earned four letters as a member of the varsity football team.  At Rutgers School of Law-Newark, he served as President of the Federalist Society, and under his leadership, he helped earn for the organization the National Federalist Society’s Award for Most Improved Chapter.  He received his J.D. in 2012.

After completing work as Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Judge James M. DeMarzo, Joe joined the firm of Dorsey & Semrau, where he specializes in municipal law, tax law, and criminal defense.  The firm serves as municipal counsel to several different towns in Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties.  In January 2015, Joe took the oath to begin his first term as Municipal Public Defender for Boonton.

Under the direction of AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette, Joe wrote his senior thesis on the theory of government of founding father James Wilson, one of the most influential framers of the United States Constitution.  “I cannot express how grateful I am,” said Bock, “for the investment that the AHI and Professor Paquette made in me.”  “I first met Joe Bock in 2006 in a course that I taught in nineteenth-century American history,” Paquette recalled. “What struck me immediately was the character and work ethic of this young man, who proved to be a diamond in the rough.  You knew he had what it takes to succeed by watching him perform year after year as an undersized, yet tenacious, nose tackle on a losing team. He never gave up and showed impressive leadership skills. Joe’s intellectual growth remains a source of great pride to me and other members of the AHI family.

The AHI looks forward to Joe’s return to break bread in AHI headquarters and to share what he has learned during his career in law with the current crop of AHI undergraduates.