Helen Alvaré

helen_alvareHelen Alvaré, J.D. is Honorary Fellow in Law at the Culture of Life Foundation. Helen is a Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia where she teaches and publishes in the areas of property law, family law, and Catholic social thought. Professor Alvaré serves as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute where she chairs the Conscience Protection Task Force, is President of Women Speak for Themselves,  the Chiaroscuro Institute and most recently Editor and Co-Author of Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves.

From 2000 to Spring 2008, Professor Alvaré taught at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Professor Alvaré also lectures widely in the United States and Europe on matters concerning marriage, family and respect for human life. She is a consultant to ABC News and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Marriage and Pro-Life Committees. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named Professor Alvaré a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

From 1987-2000, Professor Alvaré was an attorney with the USCCB’s General Counsel Office and director of information and planning for the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. In these positions, she testified before the U.S. Congress and before the political platform committees of the Democratic and Republican parties. She also lobbied the U.S. Congress and drafted amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, as well as appearing regularly on national television and radio programs. Prior to 1987, Professor Alvaré spent three years as a litigation associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young. She received her juris doctorate from Cornell University in 1984 and her masters degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in 1989.

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