Public Policy

The Center projects and amplifies Notre Dame’s voice into the public square on the most important public policy debates concerning human dignity and the common good. The Center’s director, Professor of Law Carter Snead, and the Center’s affiliated experts provide:

  • Legislative testimony before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures on urgent and vital issues, including abortion, euthanasia, and the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate.
  • Advice and counsel to elected and appointed local and federal officials through policy briefings, Supreme Court amicus briefs, and white papers.
  • Media commentary through press interviews, op-eds, and public statements.


Meet Our Public Policy Fellows


Helen Alvaré 

Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. 

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Maureen Condic

Maureen Condic is an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, with an adjunct appointment in the department of pediatrics. 

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Richard M. Doerflinger

Richard M. Doerflinger retired in May 2016 from the role of associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he worked for 34 years. He remains a consultant to the USCCB and continues to teach at the Center for Ethics and Culture's annual Vita Institute.

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jeffriesShavar Jeffries

Shavar Jeffries is a partner at Lowenstein Sandler in Newark, New Jersey, and a former associate professor of law at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice.

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Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as the founding editor of National Affairs, a senior editor at the New Atlantis, and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard.

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Reggie Littlejohn

Reggie Littlejohn is Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China. 

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Mary O'Callaghan

Mary O'Callaghan received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Creighton University, and received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. 

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Brandon Vaidayanathan

Brandon Vaidyanathan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Business Administration from Canada and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. His work broadly examines the relationship between culture, religion, and economic life in diverse national contexts.

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