Why You Want Jim for Your Event

  • At HSLDA, Jim leads the way in defending and representing member families in homeschool-related court cases.
  • He has orchestrated a number of key legal victories for homeschool freedom, including  Jonathan L. (2008), where he persuaded the appellate court to overturn a ruling that homeschooling was illegal.
  • In addition to his role at HSLDA, Jim serves as the president of ParentalRights.org.
  • He is a U.S. Navy veteran.
  • Jim and his wife have homeschooled each of their seven children, five of whom have graduated.

Travels From

Washington, D.C.


Expenses, plus modest negotiable honorarium.


State of the Homeschooling Nation Address

A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom.

Why We Need a Parental Rights Amendment

Homeschooling freedom stands on two essential pillars of freedom: the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, and the free exercise of religion. Yet only one of these freedoms—religious liberty—is explicitly guaranteed in the United States Constitution, and both freedoms are under attack. Jim recently became president of ParentalRights.org after its founder (and Jim’s mentor) Michael Farris moved to Alliance Defending Freedom in order to focus more exclusively on religious freedom. Jim has taken up the challenge of explicitly including parental rights in the Constitution. HSLDA and ParentalRights.org believe children are best served when parents are empowered to act in their children’s best interests without undue interference from the state. Come and hear about what it takes to change the Constitution—and how you can help.

Note to Self: The Vital Role of Homeschooling Dads

Are you a homeschooling dad like I am? Do you need an occasional booster shot like I do? Come let us reason together, encourage one another, bear each other’s burdens, and leave refreshed to carry out our vital role.

The Prodigal Son, the Forgiving Father, and the Power of Beholding

We homeschooling parents invest a lot of ourselves in our children. When one of them strays, it is a painful, prayerful time. As one who has wandered himself, and one who has shepherded seven children through sometimes challenging times, Jim has a word of encouragement, reconciliation, and hope for walking through troubled times.