Leavitt Institute

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The Leavitt Institute relies on the support and willingness of legal professionals who travel to Ukraine and share their knowledge with ambitious law students. The donation of time and resources to do so is small, but its impact is being felt across Ukraine.

The Leavitt Institute for International Development (TLI) is an organization of legal professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge of adversarial proceedings as a critical mechanism to ensure democratic freedoms and personal liberties. The Leavitt Institute was organized in 2005 by David and Chelom Leavitt, both graduates of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. After living in Ukraine for one year with their children as volunteers for the American Bar Association (ABA), the Leavitts were impressed by the Ukrainian people and the potential for democratic reforms to improve their lives in that country.

The Institute started with private donations from the Leavitt family and friends. In 2005, legal professionals traveled to Ukraine to teach in just one or two law schools. Now, six years later, TLI enjoys generous funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy, in-kind contributions from both the United States and Ukraine, and legal professionals from every region of the United States. As part of its efforts, TLI involves some of the brightest international relations specialists and legal minds throughout the United States to teachdemocratic principles, rule of law, and ethics.

 

TLI teachers are experienced judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and legal counsels from the United States. They lecture on a variety of subjects and make a lasting impression on the minds of their students. TLI relies on the support of legal professionals willing to travel to Ukraine and share their knowledge with ambitious law students. Each professional’s donation of time and resources is small, but its impact is being felt across Ukraine.