Arrival of New Attorney
HSLDA is proud to announce that a new attorney, J. Michael Smith, has been added to its staff at HSLDA’s national office in the Washington, D.C., area. Michael is a board member of the Home School Legal Defense Association and he previously was in private practice in Santa Monica, California, specializing in personal injury litigation and criminal defense work. He joined HSLDA on March 2, 1987, bringing extensive experience in homeschool matters. Ever since he and his wife began homeschooling five years ago in California, he has been actively involved in the legal issues in that state.
Early in the history of the Home School Legal Defense Association, Michael was in charge of handling all the legal contacts of members throughout the country. This past year, he has been handling all the HSLDA families in the state of California who have been contacted by school officials.
Mike is a native of Arkansas, having attended law school at the University of Arkansas and then graduated from the University of San Diego (1971). He was admitted to the bar in the state of California in 1972, beginning his law career as a prosecutor with the city of San Diego. During the last 12 years, he and his family have lived in Santa Monica, where he and his wife Elizabeth have homeschooled Christine (age 20), Andrew (age 10), and Erin (age 8). They have one older daughter, Karin (age 22). They will continue to homeschool their children here in Virginia.
Michael has indicated that he considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to work with the members of HSLDA and to combine his professional background and experience with something he believes in with all his heart. With the addition of Michael, HSLDA now has three full-time lawyers on staff. Bringing Michael aboard as a full-time attorney was necessary because of the increasing number of members, contacts, and cases.