Joseph Ricks grew up in the rural town of Winslow, Arizona and later served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. After returning from Brazil, he continued his language studies and received a BA in Spanish and Portuguese with a minor in English from the University of Arizona in 2011. Prior to being accepted to the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Joseph worked at ACHIEVE, a daycare program for adults with developmental disabilities and taught religion classes for the LDS Institute of Religion in Tucson, Arizona. Joseph enjoys running with his wife, reading, singing, and playing guitar. A volunteer at the 2012 International Law and Religion Symposium, Joseph is returned in 2013 as a member of the Transportation Team, and in 2014 he will chair this team.