My first guest on the Tami Jackson Show* tonight will be Michael Farris.

Michael P. Farris is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. In January 2017, he became only the second person to occupy that position in the organization’s 23-year history. He brings to the role a remarkably diverse background as an effective litigator, educator, public advocate, pastor, and communicator, and wide recognition for his successful work on both the national and international stage.

Farris was founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association (1983) and Patrick Henry College (2000) and continues to serve as chairman of the board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC.

He graduated from Western Washington State College, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University (with honors). At Gonzaga, he was articles editor of the Law Review and winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition. He also earned an LL.M. in Public International Law (with honors) from the University of London.

Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the appellate courts of 13 states. He is also the author of numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.

A fixture on Capitol Hill for over 30 years, Farris has testified many times before both the House and Senate. He was an executive committee member of the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion that successfully lobbied Congress for the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, and served as co-chairman of the drafting committee that wrote the law.

Farris also has substantial experience in international human rights advocacy. He served for nearly a decade on the board of Christian Solidarity International—a Swiss-based human rights organization. He served as International Vice President of CSI for a number of years and participated in missions to the former Soviet Union and Romania. He has also engaged in private diplomatic missions to China and the Czech Republic.

Farris is nationally known as a pioneering leader of the modern homeschooling movement. His leadership of HSLDA has taken him to nearly every state and a growing number of other nations.

As the founding president of Patrick Henry College, he helped launch a highly regarded Christian educational institution founded on a strong commitment to biblical truth and the classical liberal arts, the twin pillars of education for the founding generations of the United States. At PHC, Farris has taught constitutional law, public international law, and coached the Moot Court team to nine national championships between 2004 and 2016.

Farris is the author of over 15 books, as well as law review and other scholarly articles, and countless pieces for the popular press.

Michael and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children and 20 grandchildren.

Listen in as Michael and I discuss his substantive work in advancing legal protections for the homeschool movement and talk about the momentous victory of the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer SCOTUS ruling: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of ADF’s client Trinity. Mike and I will talk about the repercussions of the ruling, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commissionthe court complexion with Justice Gorsuch, and the possibility of one or two more SCOTUS appointments during President Trumps enure.


In the second 1/2 hour I will be joined by Henry Olsen.

Henry Olsen is an elections analyst and political essayist who studies conservative politics, both here and abroad. He looks at election returns and poll data to understand why people vote the way they do and how conservative politicians and thinkers can best advance their ideas in the climate they face.

Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Prior to that, he was a vice president at the American Enterprise Institute, a vice president at the Manhattan Institute, and president of the Commonwealth Foundation.

He has also been a lawyer at the firm currently known as Dechert, a clerk for the Honorable Judge Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a staffer for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, and an associate at the political consulting firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich.

Olsen graduated with a B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Olsen is the proud father of two children, a twelve-year old son who likes Vivaldi and a sixteen-year old daughter who likes Eminem. He passionately supports the New York Yankees and Tottenham Hotspur.

Henry and I will have a conversation about his new book which is debuting TODAY, The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism, and how how Trump can build Reagan’s lasting, working-class coalition.

Book highlights:

  • Reagan developed a unique conservative philosophy that accepted rather than opposed the New Deal’s basic promise: that government should help Americans earn comfort, dignity, and respect — provided they work to the best of their ability.
  • Contrary to conventional wisdom, Reagan was not a supply-sider on economics. In fact, he explicitly rejected the idea that conservatism belonged only to ideologues and activists.
  • Throughout his career, Reagan held true to his belief in the importance of organized labor.
  • Reagan, like Trump, believed strongly in the preservation of Social Security and other entitlement programs designed to protect society’s most vulnerable.

This will be another must listen show with two phenomenal guests!

Follow Michael Farris on Twitter at @michaelfarris, Henry Olsen at @henryolsenEPPC, and me at @tamij AND tweet your questions/comments during the show using hashtag #tjrs.

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