Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt was first taught at home in 2nd grade by his parents in northern Vermont. For nearly all of the remaining years of his elementary and secondary education, Tj was taught at home. For much of that time his family was on foreign mission fields. Tj received his JD from Oak Brook College of Law while studying at home. He first served at HSLDA as a legal assistant. Now, as an HSLDA staff attorney, Tj answers general legal questions and assists members across the country experiencing legal difficulties. Tj and his wife, Susan, are teaching all of their seven children at home.