Over the past three years, homeschooling has doubled in size, causing many people to look at the movement and wonder aloud about it’s future. Today, Mike Farris joins me to discuss this and the reason why we must engage again in Civics.
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Michael P. Farris is president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. As the second CEO of ADF, he brings to the role a diverse background as an effective litigator, educator, public advocate, and communicator, and is widely recognized for his successful work on both the national and international stage.
Farris was founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association
(1983) and Patrick Henry College (2000) and continues to serve as chairman of the
board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC.
He graduated from Western Washington State College magna cum laude with a
bachelor’s degree in political science, followed by a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga
University (with honors). He also earned an LL.M. in public international law (with
honors) from the University of London.
Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has
argued before the appellate courts of 13 states, eight federal circuit courts of appeal, and
the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 2018 he successfully argued NIFLA v. Becerra,
resulting in a free speech victory for California’s pro-life pregnancy centers.
Farris has testified many times before both the House and Senate. He was an executive
committee member of the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion that successfully
lobbied Congress for the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. He
also has substantial experience in international religious freedom advocacy.
Farris is the author of over 15 books, as well as law review and other scholarly and
popular articles. He and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children and many grandchildren.
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