Helen Alvaré

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Helen M. Alvaré is a professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law, where she researches and writes about family law and the intersection of family law and religion. As a practicing lawyer, Alvaré specialized in commercial litigation and free exercise of religion matters. She drafted amicus briefs in leading US Supreme Court cases concerning abortion, euthanasia, and the Establishment Clause for the Office of General Counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), later working with USCCB’s Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. In this capacity she lobbied, testified before federal congressional committees, addressed university audiences, and appeared ontelevision and radio on behalf of the US Catholic bishops. Alvaré chaired the commission investigating clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is an advisor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, as well as an ABC News consultant. She holds degrees from Villanova University, the Catholic University of America, and Cornell University.
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