Joseph Cottingham is a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina. Mr. Cottingham attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after graduating from Hendersonville High School. During his undergraduate career, he was on the executive board of Habitat for Humanity and the Carolina Athletic Association. Mr. Cottingham graduated as a Buckley Public Service Scholar in recognition of his philanthropic commitment while attending UNC. After graduating from UNC, Mr. Cottingham was a Teaching Fellow in Colombia as part of former President Santos’ Heart for Change educational program. Mr. Cottingham lived and worked in Cali, Colombia, where he taught middle and high school students English. Mr. Cottingham then attended the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board, where he participated in the Wechsler Moot Court Competition. He also served as the Senior Writing Editor of the University of Miami Business Law Review, where he assisted in the publication of Volume 27, Issue 1. Additionally, he served as a Senator for two years and the Treasurer for one year on the Student Bar Association. Mr. Cottingham graduated Cum Laude. During law school, Mr. Cottingham interned for Justice Boggs of the Supreme Court of Georgia and for Judge Goger of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. He also worked in the University of Miami Health Rights Clinics, where he assisted clients with a variety of social security, disability, and immigration issues. In his free time, Joseph enjoys backpacking, skiing, golfing, and going to the beach.