Michael Farris is the co-founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and first president of Patrick Henry College, a conservative Christian collage. He co-founded HSLDA in 1983 with attorney Michael Smith and served as President of the organization from its begining until 2000, when Smith took the role. In 1996, he and his daughter Cristy, formed the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, the first homeschool debate league.
He serves a constitutional lawyer, and author of ten non-fiction books and three novels. Farris is also an ordained minister, and pro-family activist in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children which they homeschool.