Michael Smith

Michael Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife, Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike graduated from the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego. In 1972, he was admitted to the bar in California and also has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. Mike and his family began homeschooling because their five-year-old flunked kindergarten. This was quite a disappointment to Mike in light of the fact that he was preparing this child to be President of the United States by starting his education as early as possible. His family’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program in 1981 which introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. After spending lots of time around people like Mike Farris, he became convinced he had been called to use his gifts and talents in the legal profession to assist homeschoolers who were being prosecuted. Mike came to HSLDA full-time in 1987 and has served as president of the organization since the year 2001. All of Mike’s children are now grown. The most enjoyable part of Mike’s job is when he is able to go to homeschool conferences and meet what he calls America’s greatest heroes, homeschooling moms.

Presentations, Lectures, Workshops

Title Event
The Power of Praise with Our Children 2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair
The Greatest Deterrent to Homeschooling—Fear and Inadequacy 2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair
Ten Keys to Harmony in the Family 2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair
Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision 2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair
Homeschooling and Parental Rights—Freedom under Fire 2013 NCHE Annual Conference and Book Fair