J. Michael Smith

Michael and Elizabeth Smith, along with Michael and Vickie Farris, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members.  Mike grew up in Arkansas where he attended the University of Arkansas.  Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving 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.  After being introduced to the idea of homeschooling in 1981, he became convinced he had been called to use his talents in the legal profession to assist homeschoolers who were being prosecuted because they didn't hold a teacher's certificate or satisfy other school district requirements for teaching their children.  Mike came to HSLDA full-time in 1987 and has served as president of the organization since 2001.  He is also a contact lawyer for California, Nevada, and Puerto Rico.  The most enjoyable part of Mike's job is going to homeschool conferences and meeting those he calls America's greatest heroes, homeschooling moms. (www.hslda.com)