Michael P. Farris
Citizens for Self-Governance – Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, head of Convention of the States Project
Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization. During his career as a constitutional appellate litigator, he has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of thirteen states.
Farris has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over thirty years and is widely respected for his leadership in the defense of homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty. A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with numerous 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.
Farris received his B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University. He later went on to earn his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, and his LL.M. in Public International Law, from the University of London.
Mike, and his wife Vickie, have ten children and 14 grandchildren.
Citizens for Self-Governance – President
Mark Meckler is the founder and President of Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG), an organization created to support grassroots activism in taking power from Washington, D.C., and returning it to its rightful owners, the citizens of the United States. Mark is the co-founder and former National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, the largest tea party organization in the nation. He left the organization in February 2012 and founded CSG to expand the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide.
Meckler graduated from San Diego State University-California State University with his BA in English Literature. He later received his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with honors.
Convention of the States Project – Coalitions Director
Laura Fennig is the Coalitions Director for The Convention of States Project. Before joining the COS team, she interned with one of the largest conservative think tanks in Washington, D.C. While in college, her writings on economics and international development were published in the International Social Affairs Journal, and the MyHeritage blog. Fennig graduated from Patrick Henry College with her B.A. in Government, receiving the Beverly Lahaye Award for Leadership in her graduating class.
Convention of the States Project—Communications Director
Jordan Sillars in the Communications Director for the Convention of States Project. Ranked first in his class, Sillars graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2013 with his B.A. in Literature. While in school, he interned at WORLD Magazine, writing book reviews for WORLD’s various online publications. He also assisted Dr. Gene Edward Veith update his book Postmodern Times, and was active in student government and athletics.