New HSLDA Staff
Sally Cowan came to work at HSLDA on September 3, 1991, and assumed the responsibility of legal receptionist. Sally graduated this spring from John Brown University with a B.A. in History and then moved to the D.C. area to train as a paralegal through the Georgetown Legal Assistant program.
Although she was born in California, Sally spent most of her growing-up years in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Sally's parents are missionaries to the Indians, and they moved to the Okanogan Indian reservation when she was in the second grade.
Christy Farris is working part time this year as the Conference Coordinator, processing all requests for materials to be shipped to home-schooling conventions.
In addition to her home school studies, Christy takes piano lessons, serves as an accompanist for the church, and is involved in her church's youth group.
Sharien Hinton joins HSLDA to work with Christopher Klicka as his legal assistant. For the past 2 1/2 years she has served at Concerned Women for America (CWA) as a legal secretary. A graduate of Liberty University with a B.A. in Political Science, Sharien interned at the Liberty Alliance, the D.C. office of Liberty Federation (formerly known as Moral Majority).
During the time Sharien worked at CWA, she frequently received telephone calls from parents who were having problems with their children’s school situation. This sparked her interest in home schooling. She has also had many opportunities to interact with the home-schooling families in her church.
A native Californian, Sharien grew up in Modesto and moved to the Virginia area to complete her education. One of the things that she likes about working at HSLDA is the “escape into the country” that is now part of her morning routine.
On September 13, 1991, Jordan Lorence joined HSLDA as the fifth staff attorney. His responsibilities include trailblazing new territory with HSLDA of Canada, and serving as a “roving” litigation attorney to lighten the case load for the other lawyers.
Jordan served as legal counsel for Concerned Women for America for the past 7 1/2 years, and his legal specialties include constitutional law and civil rights litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980 and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jordan has worked on major constitutional law cases, including eight equal access cases around the nation. He has also argued five religious liberty cases before five different federal appeals courts covering a variety of religious liberty issues. His background includes a two-year period as an administrative assistant to a senate committee chairman in the Minnesota State Senate.
From the spring of 1984 through the summer of 1985, Jordan did some part-time work for HSLDA. This experience familiarized him with the work of the organization and the attorneys. He says that he is very proud to be associated with a group that is protecting the legal rights of parents to home school, because he believes that it is home schooling that can turn this nation back to godly standards.
Jordan and his family live in the Washington, D.C. area.
Douglas Phillips, a student at the George Mason University School of Law, began working on August 26, 1991, as HSLDA's first law clerk. His duties include research projects and assisting the attorneys with their overload of legal calls.
A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in American Studies, he founded and published the school's first Christian newspaper. Doug has been a consultant for the United States Taxpayers Alliance and he also served as a Presidential appointee in the Office of Policy Development and Research for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Doug is committed to serving Christians through the field of law. He has a strong conviction that home schooling is the “best option,” and a burden to see families raising Godly children.