Helen M. Alvaré, Esq., Member of Advisory Board

Helen M. Alvaré earned her law degree at Cornell University in 1984. Five years later, she had also earned a master's degree in systemic theology from the Catholic University of America (CUA). She eventually became an associate professor of law at CUA's Columbus School of Law and most recently joined George Mason University's School of Law, where she is founder and director of the school's Law & Religion Program.

While in private practice, Professor Alvaré specialized in commercial litigation and religious free exercise matters at the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young. For three years, she worked at the Office of General Counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she drafted amicus briefs in leading U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning abortion, euthanasia and the Establishment Clause. For the next ten years, she worked with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the USCCB. There, she lobbied, testified before federal congressional committees, addressed university audiences, and appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs on behalf of the U.S. Catholic bishops. She also assisted the Holy See on matters concerning women, marriage and the family, and respect for human life.

Professor Alvaré chaired the commission investigating clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI's Pontifical Council for the Laity, as well as an ABC News consultant. Her scholarship regularly examines current controversies about marriage, parenting, and the new reproductive technologies.

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