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6/25/2008 2:31:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA--Keep Praying for the California Case

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HSLDA--Keep Praying for the California Case

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On Monday, June 23, 2008, HSLDA founder Mike Farris argued in defense
of homeschooling in the California Court of Appeal in the now-infamous
Rachel L. case. In February, this same court had ruled that
homeschooling is illegal in California. The court later vacated its
own decision in response to a request for rehearing filed by attorney
for the father, Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation,
with substantial assistance by Farris and other attorneys at HSLDA.
Farris argued as a friend of the court on behalf of HSLDA's 15,000
member families in California, as well as Focus on the Family, and
Private and Home Educators of California.

Farris was joined in his defense of homeschooling by lawyers
representing the Attorney General and Governor of California, the
Superintendent of Public Instruction, California's three largest
homeschooling groups (California Homeschool Network, Homeschool
Association of California and Christian Home Educators of California),
Pacific Justice Institute on behalf of Sunland Christian School, and
Alliance Defense Fund lawyer, Jeff Shafer, on behalf of the family.

"The weight of legal and scholarly authority presented to this court
in defense of homeschooling is unprecedented," said Farris, who has
argued dozens of similar cases since founding HSLDA 25 years ago.

In addition to those who presented oral argument, friend-of-the-court
briefs in support of the right of parents to homeschool were submitted
by Pacific Legal Foundation, National Legal Foundation, Sutherland
Institute, Liberty Counsel on behalf of Thirteen Members of Congress,
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, et al, Seventh Day Adventist Church State
Council, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence (prepared by noted
law professors David Llewellyn, John Eastman, and Erwin Chemerinsky),
American Center for Law and Justice and The Western Center for Law and
Policy.

Farris is guardedly optimistic that the three-judge panel will not
repeat its earlier error, but he covets your prayers. "The
homeschooling movement has been successful not because of the work of
lawyers but because the Lord has blessed it," noted Farris. "We must
always remember Proverbs 21:1--'The king's heart is in the hand of the
Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever he wishes.'"

A decision is expected within a few weeks.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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