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Scott W. Somerville, Esq.

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Scott W. Somerville, Esq.
Of Counsel
Licensed in Maryland and Virginia

Scott Somerville went to Harvard Law School with five children in 1989 and graduated with honors (and a sixth child) in 1992. Before he was a lawyer, Scott was a homeschool activist—as the first president of Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire, Scott battled the New Hampshire rules revision subcommittee to a standstill in their effort to triple the regulations on homeschoolers. That brush with the law was enough to induce him to quit his day job as a programmer, put the house on the market, and move the whole family down to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scott went straight from Harvard to Home School Legal Defense Association, where he was a staff attorney for 14 years.

Scott has written and spoken extensively on subjects ranging from parental rights to the privacy of the home, but his central concern has always been for the homeschool family—especially the homeschool dad. “The Christian homeschooling father is uniquely positioned to truly gain the desires of his heart: a loving wife, a happy home, wise sons, and delightful daughters,” says Scott. “There are treasures hidden in his home—all he needs to know is where to dig!”

In October 2006, Scott left his full-time position at HSLDA to serve homeschooling families—especially fathers and teenagers—in new ways. He realized that many fathers want to be more involved in their homeschools but don’t know how, so he created the “Pop Quiz” (a 32-CD audio tour of the history of the world) to enable fathers to lead their families through the Tapestry of Grace curriculum. Scott wrote the “Pageant of Philosophy” to help Christian teens prepare to face competing worldviews by following the adventures of “Simplicio” (a young person who wants to find a truth he can prove without relying on faith) as he meets all the great thinkers of history—from Moses to Marx to the latest thinkers. He is currently working on a sequel to his first novel (Olympus, an action/adventure novel for homeschooled teens).