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A Knox Magazine Exclusive: Joel Christensen '06

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Published on Aug 8, 2019

Joel Christensen '06, an attorney and partner at St. Louis-based law firm Behr, McCarter & Potter, LLC, was recognized for achievements in law.

Christensen was named one of Missouri’s Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in business litigation. While in law school, he was editor-in-chief of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. He now serves as an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law, teaching courses in contracts, torts, and legal writing.

At Convocation, Christensen told the audience about the first time he, accompanied by his mother, visited Knox and met Lane Sunderland, Chancie Ferris Booth Professor of Political Science and pre-law advisor. “He welcomed us, and he and I began a conversation which began a relationship—which I didn't know then, but I do know now—changed the course of my life.”

Christensen explained that as a Knox student, he developed close, long-standing relationships with faculty members, including Sunderland; Lance Factor, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy; and Jonathan Powers, assistant professor of economics. He made friends from all over the United States and from places as far away as Egypt and Sri Lanka. “That’s the kind of thing that happens at Knox,” Christensen said.

While attending Knox, he had a wide variety of experiences. He helped start a grilling club, and he completed three internships, including one with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christensen said that he had known as a prospective student that Knox regularly was included among the Colleges that Change Lives. “But what I did not know is the innumerable ways it would change my life,” he said.

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