Ben Thornell was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. After serving a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Louisiana, he obtained a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University with minors in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Psychology, and Logic. Ben then went on to obtain a Master of Social Work degree, also from BYU. While doing social work, Ben learned to love fighting for the beliefs and rights of all people, especially the powerless and the marginalized. This love lead him to law school and the ICLRS, where is grateful to have the opportunity to serve. Ben spent the summer of 2016 as an ICLRS Student Fellow in Accra, Ghana. He joins the 2016-2017 Student Management Board.