Eric C. Johnson
Legal Assistant to Thomas J. Schmidt

Eric C. Johnson was homeschooled from 1st thru 12th grades. Right after high school, Eric ran for local elected office, but ended up losing to the well-entrenched incumbent. After several years of college, Eric entered the legal field by working for several different law firms in Louisiana in a support position. Feeling the urge for adventure, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves, and was eventually deployed to Iraq for a combat tour as a machine gunner. Upon his return home, he was appointed by President Bush to a position with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he remained until the end of the Bush administration. Eric has been working as a legal assistant at HSLDA since 2009, and is a certified paralegal thru the National Association of Legal Assistants. He is also a law student with Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy.

Title:Highschool Panel
Type:Q & A, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents
Description:Based on his varied experiences in highschool and beyond, Eric would make an excellent addition to your highschool/graduate panel.

Title:Homeschoolers in the Military: A Good Career Choice?
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Encouragement, History, Motivational, Parenting
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents
Description:Eric will discuss the steps homeschoolers should take prior to graduating high school to ensure that they are prepared to enter the military as a Tier I candidate from a legal perspective. Drawing from his own experience, Eric will also discuss the various unique challenges and advantages that homeschooled students have in the military. Finally, Eric will discuss various reasons that anyone should or should not consider joining the military in this current political environment.

If you would like to schedule Eric Johnson as a speaker for your next event, please contact him at

Eric is willing to negotiate travel, hotel, and speaker costs.

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