Brittany Leonard Ratelle
Originally from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Brittany attended Brigham Young University for her undergraduate education in communications, with a minor in business management and Spanish. She worked for a large Salt Lake law firm before retuning to BYU for her law degree from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 2011. As an associate editor of the BYU Law Review, she honed her legal writing and editing skills, while also gaining experience with the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic, the local Guardian ad Litem office, and other local law firms.
She has a keen interest in women and children’s issues, ignited after working abroad in Mozambique for several summers, especially in the areas of adoption and orphans’ rights. She presented a paper about the lack of legal rights for children in informal care at the 2010 Vienna AIDS Conference. In Mozambique, she volunteered on humanitarian projects in construction, childcare, education, and also interned for the U.S. Department of State at the American embassy. She also presented a paper at the Stand for the Family conference in 2010 on the risks of state-sponsored birth interventions and received an honorable mention from the Ruth Institute.
She speaks Spanish and some Portuguese. She and her husband have two children.