Our Leaders

 

Prof. William Wagner
President and CEO

Professor William Wagner currently holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. A frequent speaker at world conferences, William has a special interest in the protection of free expression and constitutional good governance under the rule of law. His writing is published in a number of articles, books and other publications, including a national best seller. As lead amicus counsel on a variety of matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

William previously served in the U.S. Courts as a federal judge. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal advisor and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. William also served as a senior U.S. prosecutor, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the U.S. Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, William served as legal counsel in the U.S. Senate.

William received the post-doctoral Danforth Fellowship in Law after earning his J.D. in 1986. He is a winner of the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award, given to the professor making the greatest contribution to the legal education of law students. He has served on the executive governing boards of a number of international and national ministries and non-profit corporations. William married his bride, Marilyn, over twenty-five years ago and together they home schooled their children.

David Kallman
Vice President

David A. Kallman started his general practice law firm in 1982 and has built a successful litigation practice in many areas, including: homeschooling, education law, family law, criminal law, church/state and constitutional law, and administrative law. He has handled cases at every level of the Michigan Court System and has appeared before the Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals. He has been the primary attorney utilized by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to represent their members in Michigan. He has handled hundreds of home school cases and was the trial attorney in the DeJonge case, which resulted in a Michigan Supreme Court decision in favor of home educators teaching their children without excessive government regulation.

In 2008, he was appointed unanimously by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan. He was also an adjunct law professor for five years at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, teaching sports law. He is currently an adjunct law professor at Baker College, at the Jackson, Michigan campus, teaching torts and business law classes. He is also actively involved in his church and served for many years as president of the board of a local adoption agency.

David received his B.A. in Business Management from Northwood University in 1979 and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1982. David and his wife, Beth, a Registered Nurse, were married in 1983 and have two children, Stephen and Rachel. As a testament to their belief in home education, he and his wife homeschooled their two children through high school graduation.

Jim Felver
Treasurer

Upon graduating with an Associate Degree in Accounting, Jim Felver married his lifetime sweetheart, moved to Michigan and began a family. A few years later, he received his degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. A 25-year career in the oil and gas industry ensued and was followed by his current role as Director of Finance at Trinity Church in Lansing, Michigan. He became a Christian when he was 28-years-old. Jim has been blessed with over 30 years of marriage, three children (one married) and one special grandson with hopes for more!

Marilyn Wagner
Secretary

Marilyn Wagner loves the Lord and her family. She and William home educated their two children through high school. They purposed to raise children to become adults with great big hearts of compassion for others. To achieve this, William and Marilyn began taking them out in the community to serve others, exposing them to others with needs greater than their own, allowing them to be salt and light. Marilyn now sees that she began serving others for the sake of her children, never imagining how much it would change the pattern and purpose of her own life. William and Marilyn became leaders in the home school community, encouraging others families to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Marilyn is a student of the Word, leading Bible study at church as well as at the local rescue mission. She is a founding member of Salt & Light Global. She brings to SLG her passion for equipping the church to be salt and light and serving the needy.

Ellis Washington
Director

Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently, he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects.

Ellis is a weekly legal and political commentator to WorldNetDaily.com and GlobalPolitician.com.  He is also a co-host of the popular radio show, Joshua’s Trail a radio show proclaiming a Judeo-Christian worldview and conservative political philosophy.

A graduate of John Marshall Law School (1994), the University of Michigan (1986), and DePauw University (1983), he did post-graduate studies in History at Harvard University GSAS and in Law at Harvard Law School (1988-89).

Author of nine books, Washington’s latest opus is a two-volume collection containing over 300 essays, articles, and Socratic dialogues dedicated to his intellectual mentor and friend, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – The Progressive Revolution: History of Liberal Fascism through the Ages (University Press of America, 2015) – Volume III-2010-11 Writings and Volume IV-2012-2013 Writings. Visit his Law and History blog, EllisWashingtonReport.com, an essential repository of writings based on a Natural Law worldview and jurisprudence dedicated to educating the next generation of young conservative intellectuals about history, law, philosophy, and politics.

Steve Owen
Director

Steve Owen is a member of Foster Swift’s Banking, Finance & Real Estate Practice Group where he is known for his strong mediation and dispute resolution skills. He is admitted to practice before various federal and state courts. Steve also serves as a Commercial Case Evaluator where, as a panel member, he helps determine settlement values for pending commercial cases. Since 2009, he has been recognized as a top lawyer by Best Lawyers in America. In 2012, the same group awarded him the title of Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law.

Steve’s passion for teaching and sharing his understanding of the law has included all areas of his practice. In addition to providing advice to clients on changes in banking and foreclosure law, he has been an Adjunct Law School Professor for almost two decades where he teaches Secured Transactions, Mortgages and Land Contracts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Modern Real Estate Transactions. In recognition of his outstanding teaching skills, Steve received the Frederick J. Griffith III Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.

Steve obtained his B.A. with high honors from Michigan State University before earning his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1976. Steve is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the Rotary Club and an Elder at Trinity Church. Steve serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations including Sparrows Nest, Love & Respect, and Salt & Light Global. He has been married to Jayne for 41 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.