From the time Judge Leavitt and his siblings were tall enough to reach the top of their family's ping-pong table, piled high with hundreds of toys and treats every holiday season, they helped pack gift bags for an annual party his parents sponsored at a local children’s hospital.
His parents also had their children choose one gift they had received to donate to a needy child. These lessons stayed with Judge Leavitt all his life, and inspired his years of community service work.
In fact, in 1996, Judge Leavitt's community service life overlapped with his judicial life in a unique and unforeseen way.
The judge was a first-responder Emergency Medical Technician on a murder in Chappaqua, NY. When the case was brought to trial, he was called as a witness in the very courthouse in which he was a County Court Judge.
The overlap was so notable that the New York Times wrote a cover story in its Westchester section about Judge Leavitt. Click the link to the right to read the story >>