Topic: Legal

Title:How to Protect Your Family Against a Truant Officer or Social Worker Visit
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As the government’s ever—growing role expands to encompass family life and decision—making, the information presented in this seminar is critical for every attendee. Michael Smith calls upon over two decades of defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts to inform the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well. Audiences find this session “very, very informative,” “clearly presented, enjoyable to listen to,” and “a necessity.”

Title:Legal and Legislative Issues in Your State
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:30—45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:Find out what types of legal problems homeschooling families are encountering in your state and how HSLDA is addressing them. Includes a discussion of state legislation being considered that could affect home educators.

Title:How to Handle a Social Services Investigation
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Includes the top 10 reasons homeschooling families are contacted by social services, the constitutional rights of family members, and how to exercise your constitutional rights.

Title:Battle for the Child: The History of Homeschoolers’ Struggle to Be Free
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Traces the history of religious freedom and parental rights for home educators as recognized through court decisions and legislative battles.

Title:Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Your State's Homeschool Law
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:All
Description:Everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. Thorough presentation of the basics with time for veterans to ask their unanswered questions.

Title:Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Rights
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:All
Description:Knowing how to protect your children from social workers may help you keep your family together when a social worker wants to pull it apart.

Title:How to Deal with Social Workers
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Dealing with Social Workers, Legal, Parenting
Audience:All, Parents
Description:One of the most chilling sounds for homeschoolers is the sound of the social worker’s knock on your door. Darren explains ways to avoid “The Knock” and how to handle contacts if they arise.

Title:The History of Homeschooling
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers
Description:Many new homeschoolers do not realize how dramatically homeschooling has grown and changed in the last 30 years. Come hear about the exciting victories and narrow escapes as God has worked to protect parents’ freedom to teach their children at home.

Title:Homeschooling: The Struggle to Be Free
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, History, Legal, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:Homeschoolers have won the right to teach their own children in their own homes. How did this happen? Who gets the credit? Is that struggle over? Jim recounts the political history of American education and proves that the price of liberty is still eternal vigilance.

Title:What You Should Know about Social Services
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Child Protective Services, Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Practical workshop regarding your legal rights when a social worker comes to your home.

Title:The Coming Attack on Homeschooling from the Legal Elites (An updated version of "Homeschooling Freedom: Past, Present, Future")
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Legal, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The first and second wave of attacks on homeschooling were essentially based on lies. You won’t succeed academically. We proved them wrong. Your kids won’t be socialized. We proved them wrong. The third wave is fundamentally different. It accuses: you will teach your kids that Christianity is the only true religion. This attack is true. Michael Farris examines the newest anti—homeschooling strategy of the legal elites, explains how it will impact us today and tomorrow, and outlines a plan of action.

Title:Top 10 Homeschooling Legal Issues
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tj discusses the types of legal problems homeschool families are encountering in your state and nationally and how HSLDA is addressing them. He also summarizes your homeschool law and the various options available to homeschoolers in your state.

Title:Dealing with Social Workers
Speaker:Thomas J. Schmidt
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tj explains your rights and describes how to handle social services investigations. Primarily addressing your state’s laws relating to social services contacts, Tj provides general application for other states as well. This session helps equip Christian homeschool families to be prepared in the event of an investigation based on an anonymous tip.

Title:The Fight for Texas: A History of Home Education and Current Trends in Texas
Speaker:Tom Sanders
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:All
Description:Hands—on analysis of Texans’ right to home educate and its visible threats.

Title:CPS vs. Family
Speaker:Tom Sanders
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:Parents
Description:True stories and first—hand accounting of the current war being waged by CPS against families, with suggestions to help protect your children.

Title:Preserving Liberty for Future Generations: The Battle for Homeschool Freedom and Parental Rights on Capitol Hill
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:Will uses ripped—from—the—headlines stories and personal anecdotes to share what issues homeschoolers face on Capitol Hill, the political environment, what HSLDA is doing at the federal level, and why the Parental Rights Amendment is so important. For longer general sessions, Will goes into detail about the history of the federal government and homeschooling, threats to our freedoms at the federal level, the battles that are being fought, the victories that are being won, and what is on the horizon.

Title:Defending the Freedom to Homeschool
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces are still at work to capture our children’s minds, bodies, and souls. These forces seek to erode our current freedoms and our will to preserve them. What can we do to ensure that the blessings and freedom we have to homeschool are secured for posterity? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly answer that question.

Title:Parents’ Rights—A Crisis Is Coming
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Parenting, Political, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:In 1923, the United States Supreme Court ruled that parents have the fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. So why are parental rights suddenly endangered? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the next biggest threat to homeschool freedom and what you can do about it.

Title:Knock, Knock! There’s a Truant Officer or Social Worker at the Door—What Are You Going to Do?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:There is no need to fear if you understand your rights, the law and how to manage the interaction with these government workers. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike will discuss how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities

Title:Parental Rights: It’s Now Or Never
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Legal, Political
Audience:All
Description:Hear how the Supreme Court and our nation’s lower courts are failing to hold parental rights to the same legal standard as fundamental rights like speech and press, and how European court decisions on children’s rights are influencing our U.S. judicial system. Michael Farris describes threats to parental rights that involve the political right, political left, and international law, and proposes a solution that will be the battle of the century for homeschoolers and other pro—family forces.

Title:Your Parental Rights: The Left's Next Target
Speaker:Scott Woodruff
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Political
Audience:All
Description:Hear how recent developments in America and Europe, are flashing warning signals to us that basic parental rights are in jeopardy. The election of Barack Obama is a dream come true for those who would like to increase the power of the central government at the expense of the citizen. Some rights, like freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, get the highest protection because they are specifically listed in the Constitution. But one of the essential rights upon which our ability to homeschool rests, the right of a parent to direct the education and upbringing of a child, is not listed. Only an amendment to the Constitution explicitly protecting fundamental parental rights will preserve what we have won after decades of struggle. The “wish list” of the left includes a goal of reducing parental rights to a mere privilege subject to government licensing and the eradication of homeschooling as we know it. It’s a race to the finish to see if we can amend the Constitution before the left can achieve its antifamily agenda, and the stakes are unimaginably high. Don’t ask when it will begin. The battle of the century has already begun.

Title:Why We Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Title:Generation Joshua: The Future of America in the Hands of Teenagers
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Motivational, Political
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:The future of our country is in the hands of the teenagers in our homes. While this may be a terrifying thought to some, it does not need to be—instead it is a great opportunity that we should not lose. Drawing on 15 years of experience working with teens, Joel offers both encouragement for the future and suggestions for how to help ensure our America remains both just and free.

Title:Why Teens Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Joel explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Title:Homeschooling and Parental Rights—Freedom Under Fire
Speaker:J. Michael Smith
Length:45—60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Parental rights and religious freedom have been the two foundations to establish a constitutional right for parents to teach their children at home. The U.S. Supreme Court some years back weakened the free exercise of religion claim as a foundation for homeschooling so that in order for homeschoolers to claim a fundamental right to homeschool, they must be able to combine the free exercise right with the parental rights claim. In other words, both rights have to co—exist. Currently, this is not a problem, but because of the fragile nature of freedom, moral decay, complacency and apathy, homeschooling freedoms are in jeopardy. An additional threat that is brewing but not well known, is the opposition to homeschooling from the intellectual elites, e.g., law and college professors. This opposition is based on a belief that the state, through public schools, should have access to all children to teach tolerance for others, which leads to collectivism. Homeschoolers are in their cross—hairs. We are clearly at risk.

Title:Elites to Homeschoolers: “You’re Next!”
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Increasing numbers of intellectual elites are calling for dramatic regulation and even eradication of private and home education. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children, American homeschoolers need to prepare to confront growing resistance to freedom in education—especially homeschooling. Come hear Mike Donnelly, HSLDA attorney, director of international relations and homeschooling father, as he examines this growing threat and what American homeschoolers need to do to meet it.

Title:Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: A Guide to Effective Lobbying for the Homeschool Family
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:You may live 5,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but you can still make a difference. Find out how with HSLDA Federal Relations Director Will Estrada as he presents a compelling case for why and how every single homeschool family can be an effective lobbyist on the issues that are important to homeschoolers. Drawing on Will’s own experience as a federally registered lobbyist for HSLDA, this workshop will offer informative, practical advice for effective lobbying and will answer every homeschooler’s specific questions. Discover how to make a difference in the political world—whether you are an experienced political junkie or a busy homeschool mom who’s never tackled politics before.

Title:Creature of the State?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:In 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court said children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the “prior right” to decide what kind of education their children will have. Is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? HSLDA Staff Attorney, homeschooling father of seven, and Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. In this talk, Donnelly examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.

Title:The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child—It Takes a Village to Raise Your Child
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. He discusses the dangers it would pose to homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will discusses the shifting political support for the treaty, and what freedom-loving citizens can do to fight against this dangerous international treaty. He closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of this U.N. treaty.

Title:Constitutional Liberty, Social Services, and Your Front Door
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their Constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home.

Title:Rotten to the (Common) Core
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Educrats and statists see the education system as a means of control. But freedom in education means freedom over method and content—the increasingly federalized Common Core educational standards and related projects threaten both. And not just for homeschoolers either. Federal testing, standards, databases and more are legitimate concerns about Common Core’s threat to our freedom to homeschool. HSLDA Attorney Mike Donnelly will tell you what you need to know about these and other threats to our freedom—and what you as a homeschooling parent and concerned citizen can do about it!

Title:Support Group Issues: Discrimination, Membership Requirements, and Religious Statements
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:1 hour
Type:Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Legal
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Guard your support group against legal surprises! HSLDA attorney Darren Jones tackles concerns such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights law, and how to deal with sticky membership issues.

Title:The Common Core Con: What the Common Core is and isn’t, How it will Affect Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will takes his audience through the history of the Common Core’s creation, how the federal government and national education bureaucrats pressured states to adopt the Common Core, and how the philosophy behind the Common Core is deeply flawed. He discusses related concerns with the Common Core, such as intrusive national databases and how the Common Core is poised to become a de facto national curriculum. He closes with how homeschoolers and their allies can unite to push back against the Common Core.

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