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. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. 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.
In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.
Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason, 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.
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.
Public Policy Publications:
- Marriage and Family as the New Property: Obergefell, Marriage, and the Hand of the State
- Testimony Before Joint Congressional Hearing: "Partial Birth Abortion: The Truth"
- New Report from Guttmacher Adds Little to Abortion Debate
- A Torn Fabric in the Public Square: Statement of Helen Alvare on Election of Obama
- Marriage and Family in the Presidential Election Campaign, and Beyond
- The “Federal Strategy” to Impose Same-Sex “Marriage”: Good News for Defenders of Marriage?
- Health Care Proposals Pending Before Congress
- Who and What Would it Take to Heal the Male/Female Problematic?
- ‘FEMALENESS’ AND U.S. FAMILY LAW
- The Infant in my Womb Leaped for Joy
- International Women’s Day: Recovering a sense of women’s dignity
- Here We Are: Women who stand in favor of religious liberty
- Repelling the Attack on Conscience
- Contracepting Conscience
- Uphold Conscience Protection: Religious Freedom’s Contribution to the American Experience and Threats to its Survival
- Healthcare, Conscience, and Religious Liberty: A Response to Linda Greenhouse
- Planned Parenthood and the Government v. Religious Liberty and Women’s Wellbeing
- A Woman's Defense of Pope Benedict XVI
- Taking sides on the meaning of marriage
- Speaking of Faith
- Meanwhile, Outside the Panic Room: Contraception, Hobby Lobby, and Women’s Rights
- We Need a Real Women’s Agenda, Not Government-Funded Abortion
- Without Words to Describe
- Bad Science and Failed Freedom Protections in the HHS Mandate
- Contraception and Women’s Wellbeing: Physical Health, Happiness, and Religion
- Contraception and Women’s Wellbeing: NFP, Disillusionment, and the Poor
- The White House and Sexualityism
- Contemporary Family Law: Divorcing Marriage from Children
- Traditional Family Law: Connecting Marriage with Children
- Conscience, Coercion, and Healthcare
- The Lazy Slander of the Pro-Life Cause
- Abortion Law is Family Law
- A Concluding Argument about Abortion in Health Care
- A Health Care Challenge to Commonweal and Timothy Jost
- How the New Health Care Law Endangers Conscience
- Francis 101
- Make Room at the Debate
- Familiarity Breeds Content
- Rejecting Men, Embracing Children
- Human Rights vs. Religious Freedom?
- HHS Doesn’t Speak For Me, or Many Women
- No, All Women Do Not Support the Contraceptive Mandate
- Children Made Me
- Pro-life Movement Won’t Stop Fighting Abortion