Helen M. Alvaré
Helen M. Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, abortion, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, chair of the Task Force on Conscience Protection of the Witherspoon Institute, president of the Chiaroscuro Institute (New York, New York), chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum, a consultor for Pope Francis’s Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), and a consultant for ABC News. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.
Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason University, Professor Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.
In addition to her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré is the co-author of the open letter Women Speak for Themselves, as well as the co-author and editor of the book Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves (2012). Professor Alvaré publishes regularly at thepublicdiscourse.com, and in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Weekly Standard, and the Washington Examiner. She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. She has spoken to Bishops’ Conferences around the world, and to members of the European Parliament about women’s freedom and religious freedom.