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Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases.

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Why You Want Scott for Your Event

  • In his role as a contact attorney for HSLDA, Scott has helped thousands of homeschooling families deal with social workers, truant officers, superintendents, and other government officials.
  • He is a frequent media spokesperson on homeschool issues and has appeared on radio programs across the country.
  • Scott and his wife have homeschooled each of their four children, three of whom have graduated.
TRAVELS FROMWashington, D.C.
HONORARIUMScott requires $75 per speaking engagement. In addition, he requests that the host cover his travel and hotel expenses. However, his fee for graduations and local support groups is negotiable.

Sessions by Scott Woodruff

When your child gives you that look and says, “Don’t judge me!” you are at a crossroads, a moment of truth, a moment of great peril and great opportunity. This session will give you the tools you need to turn what could be an ugly situation into a transformative moment of healing and redemption. If your head sometimes swims when you try to figure out whether it’s right or wrong to judge your child in a particular situation, this session will plant your feet on solid ground in ways that may surprise you. This presentation requires a projector screen. BOOK THIS SESSION
35 minutes
One day a terrible parent in your state may do something criminal to a child—and the media may push the narrative that because the child was homeschooled, more restrictions should be placed on homeschooling families. This session will analyze some real-life situations where this has actually happened and equip you to give a compassionate, commonsense answer when family, friends, coworkers, or the local media assert that the problem is not enough homeschool regulations. This presentation requires a projector screen and an audio connection. BOOK THIS SESSION
50 minutes
This session covers everything you need to know about your state’s homeschool law so you can homeschool with confidence. It includes a thorough presentation of the basics with plenty of time for questions. BOOK THIS SESSION
50 minutes
Sooner or later, we all have it: the most absolutely horrendous day of our lives. Maybe it’s a whole week! You know the story: Job goes through terrible suffering, God responds, and Job’s fortunes are restored. But there’s more to the story. In this session, Scott reveals the powerful, hidden tools within Job’s story that can help you not just survive, but overcome, when your day of testing comes. It could turn out to be your finest hour. BOOK THIS SESSION
50 minutes
Parenting can bring out the worst in us. Every unresolved conflict and unhealed wound 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 chosen you. God knows every one of your failures and flaws, and He still picked you to be the parent of your child! In this session, Scott presents God’s plan of redemption as it is worked out through broken parents rearing chosen children. Parents who have bought into the pessimism of our age and are ready to give up will leave this session with powerful reason for hope, excitement, and confidence. BOOK THIS SESSION
50 minutes
You don’t know when it could be you. But knowing beforehand what to do when a caseworker knocks on your door can mean the difference between quickly resolving a child abuse / neglect investigation and watching helplessly as a caseworker takes your children away and puts them in a foster home. After helping more than a thousand families in abuse and neglect investigations, Scott offers wisdom based on experience. This presentation includes an easy-to-understand explanation of the 4th Amendment, six proven strategies, and instruction that may help you keep your family together should government agents appear on your doorstep. BOOK THIS SESSION
50 minutes


A follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, Scott earned his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working as an Assistant Attorney General for John Ashcroft and then working for a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998.

At HSLDA, Scott has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with child protective services investigators, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys. He has represented HSLDA members in court, and testified before many state legislatures on bills affecting the homeschool community.

Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country. He currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Arkansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also has extensive previous experience dealing with members’ legal issues in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

Scott is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and he is licensed in Virginia and Missouri.

Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their adult children and have one little one still at home.

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