Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since 1971, earned his law degree in 1980 from the University of Virginia, one of the top 10 law schools in the nation. Scott was recruited by John Ashcroft (then Missouri Attorney General) to work as an assistant attorney general immediately out of law school. He subsequently worked in the litigation department of a major regional insurance company. Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998, and his current role is Senior Counsel.
He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and is licensed in Virginia and Missouri.
For the past 19 years, Scott has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, judges and prosecuting attorneys. Scott has helped many families on a very personal level when dealing with difficult situations with children.
Scott’s help has been crucial in stopping many bills that would have taken freedom away from homeschool families, and in enacting bills to expand the liberty to homeschool.
--In Virginia, Scott has helped write numerous improvements to the homeschool law. Scott has helped prevent many legislative attempts to turn the clock back on freedom. Scott was instrumental in the enactment of a parental rights statute in Virginia.
--In Maine, Scott led the fight to change the homeschool law so families did not need the approval of bureaucrats to homeschool their children.
--In Maryland, Scott contributed toward a number of improvements in the homeschool regulations.
--In Idaho, Scott was the key figure in the state enacting a parental rights statute.
--In Arkansas, Scott helped write the language for a number of improvement in the home school statute.
--In Iowa, Scott pioneered a successful effort to create a new, red-tape free method of homeschooling. Scott also testified upon request before a legislative commission investigating the deaths of two homeschooled children.
--In Illinois, Scott’s testimony was crucial in killing a bill that would have added dramatic, new restrictions on homeschool families.
--In West Virginia, Scott’s legislative testimony helped achieve the enactment of a bill that won greater freedom for homeschool families.
--In Missouri, Scott’s testimony before a legislative committee helped kill a bill that would have taken important freedoms away from homeschool families.
--In South Dakota, Scott’s efforts were pivotal in changing the homeschool law so families did not need to wait for a bureaucrat’s approval before homeschooling their children.
--Scott’s testimony before the Nevada legislature was a major factor in that state enacting a parental rights statute.
--In the U.S. Virgin Islands (a U.S. territory), Scott helped craft a bill that would expand and protect the freedom of homeschool families, and testified in support of the bill before a legislative committee.
Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country.
Scott currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, South Dakota, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also has extensive previous experience dealing with members’ legal issues in Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Scott and his wife, Jane, have three adult children, all of whom they homeschooled. They still have one at home, a very special red-headed 5-year old who initially entered their family as a foster child as a baby.
Scott’s hobbies include hiking, whitewater sports, and bee keeping.