Home School Heartbeat Radio Program
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“When parents aren’t able to be good patients and ask questions for themselves and for their child, there’s something wrong in our system. The social worker shouldn’t come in and seize a child just because the parents have asked a few questions. That’s what happened here; . . . we’re going to go forward, we believe that victory will come.”
What kind of challenges are the defenders of homeschooling freedom battling on a day-by-day basis? This week, some of HSLDA’s legal team join Mike Farris in the Home School Heartbeat studio to give an end-of-year update on several significant cases.
Michael P. Farris, Esq.
Michael Farris is the chancellor of Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization.
Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of 13 states.
He has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over 30 years and is widely known for his leadership on homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty.
At Patrick Henry College, Farris teaches constitutional law, public international law, and coaches PHC’s Moot Court team which has won six national championships.
A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with a number of awards including the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship by the Heritage Foundation and as one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education for the 20th Century” by Education Week magazine.
Darren Jones received his J.D. from Oak Brook College of Law, an apprenticeship-based law school in Fresno, California. While enrolled in school, he first worked for Christian Solidarity International, a Christian human rights organization assisting persecuted Christians around the world. He later came to work for HSLDA as a legal assistant to Dewitt Black, where he worked with members who were experiencing legal difficulty in their home schooling. As a litigation attorney, Darren assists Jim Mason in preparing cases and defending members who are experiencing legal difficulty.
Darren and his wife Sara were married on September 30, 2000, and they have four children, Adelaide, Stuart, Daphne and Phillip. They “officially” began homeschooling in April 2005.