Michael Farris is the chancellor of Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association; he was the founding president of both organizations. Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of thirteen states. He has also been a leader on Capitol Hill for over thirty years, widely known for his leadership on homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty. At Patrick Henry College, Farris teaches courses on both constitutional and public international law, and he has coached PHC’s Moot Court team to win eight national championships. A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship by the Heritage Foundation and as one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education for the 20th Century” by Education Week magazine. Mike and Vickie Farris have 10 children and 19 grandchildren.
Constitutional Literacy 1: Limitations on Government Power
Michael Farris will discuss the limits on government power established by our founding fathers. He will look at how those limitations were supposed to apply, and the way that they have been expanded over the years by our court system. Our government has grabbed power in every area imaginable; this session will cover why those grabs are unconstitutional.
Constitutional Literacy 2: Religious Liberty & Parental Rights
Freedom of religion and the freedom to raise your children according to your conscience are fundamental American values. These two core constitutional protections are especially important for the homeschool community. Mr. Farris has been on the forefront of the fight to keep both the US government and the United Nations from trampling on those rights.
Constitutional Literacy 3: Judicial Activism & Cultural Destruction (Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, etc.)—and a Solution
Judges are supposed to tell what laws mean; they’re not supposed to change them. In the last 50 years, we’ve seen judges reaching outside their constitutional power to shape our culture according to their agenda. Roe v. Wade has cost millions of lives, and gay marriage is legal across the country because judges seized power that wasn’t theirs. Fortunately, the situation is far from hopeless. Michael Farris will tell you about the solution to taking the power back from the federal government.