Scott Woodruff
Senior Counsel


Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys.

He has represented HSLDA members in court, and appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country. Scott currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas. He also has extensive previous experience dealing with members' legal issues in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.



Title:Homeschooling with Confidence: Understanding Your State's Homeschool Law
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:How to Lead Teens
Length:50 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:Parenting
Audience:Fathers, Parents
Description:The word “teenager” is not in the Bible, so where do Christian parents get the wisdom (and patience!) they need to raise their teenaged sons and daughters? In this encouraging workshop, Scott brings biblical truth and his own experience to bear on the task of raising teens.

Title:Protecting Your Children From Social Workers: How and Why to Assert Your Fourth Amendment Rights
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:The Right Parent for Your Child: You
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Motivational
Audience:All
Description:Parenting brings out the worst in us. Every hidden sin habit, every unresolved conflict, every unhealed wound shouts at us, jumps on us, and threatens to destroy us as soon as we enter on the perilous path of parenting. So why in the world could you possibly think you could adequately parent your child? Because a shocking, miraculous divine grace has both appointed you and anointed you. He knows every one of your miserable failures. He knows every character flaw. He knows every sin that easily entangles you. And He still picked you to be the parent of your child! HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff, the father of three adult homeschooled children, will present God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. And parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will find there is powerful reason for hope, excitement and confidence. They will find their confidence in a God who Himself is everything they lack. And they will run ahead on the path knowing that they are truly the perfect parent for the child God has given them.

Title:Your Parental Rights: The Left's Next Target
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.


If you would like to schedule Scott Woodruff as a speaker for your upcoming event, contact him at 540—338—5600. Scott is willing to speak up to three times during a conference.


Scott requires $75 for speaking engagements. In addition, he requests that the host cover his travel and hotel expenses. However, his fee for graduations and local support groups is negotiable.


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