Joseph was born in Spring Valley, Illinois on July 9, 1922. He was admitted to the Illinois and U.S. Supreme Court bar in 1950.
DePaul University (LL.B., 1949), Graduate, U.S. Naval Justice School, Certified Trial and Defense Counsel, U.S. Military Courts, Delta Theta Phi. U.S. District Court Northern Illinois, Southern District of Illinois Trial Bar, U.S. Court of Claims, 1952.