Joseph Leavitt – J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah

Despite growing up in Portland, Oregon and never leaving the United States until after high school, Joey Leavitt has long held an interest in things international. He undertook a year-long field study in Syria as an undergraduate, studying Arabic and conducting research in the fields of geography and anthropology. After completing his BA in Middle East Studies/Arabic from Brigham Young University, Joey accepted a position as an analyst with the US government, spending two years in the Washington, DC area and another two years at the American embassy in Amman, Jordan as a multimedia specialist focusing on Arab satellite channels. Joey’s interest in international law will take him this fall to Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where he will spend a semester in the Legal Studies department focusing on comparative and human rights/humanitarian law. He has been married for nine years to a charming and intelligent freelance editor and has three impossibly wonderful children. He enjoys photography, running, music, and writing.