Joseph McDomick, Jr. was born on May 1, 1938, in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
In 1964 Judge McDomick began a thirty-year career with the Penn Center, serving as a field supervisor.
Under his supervision the Penn Center established the first Head Start program in the country in Beaufort County.
A courageous civil rights activist, Judge McDomick refused to tolerate discrimination in any form, filing several lawsuits against local restaurants and businesses, eventually forming the Welfare Rights Organization.
Judge McDomick was appointed Magistrate of St. Helena Island in 1980 after witnessing how black citizens were being treated in the courtroom, retiring in 2006.