Joining us on Ricochet as Guest Contributor this week is Helen M. Alvaré. Alvaré is an Associate Professor of Law at George Mason University's School of Law and was previously at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in 1989. I know many of you are already fans, since her work has been cited here at Ricochet quite a bit in recent months.
Professor Alvaré worked at the Office of General Counsel for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she drafted amicus briefs in leading U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning abortion, euthanasia and the Establishment Clause. For ten years she worked with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the NCCB. She is well known among pro-life activists for her effective lobbying and testimony before congressional committees and speaking engagements before university audiences and on TV and radio programs.
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 treats current controversies about marriage, parenting, and the new reproductive technologies.
Alvaré's been particularly valuable in rebutting some of the "War on Women" silliness we've had to endure this year and she just released a book she co-authored and edited titled "Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak For Themselves."
While that book has a particular Catholic focus, Alvaré has also spearheaded the more ecumenical effort at fighting the HHS mandate that negatively impacts religious liberty. More than 30,000 women have signed a petition at Women Speak for Themselves. (You can sign here.)
I'm a huge fan of Alvaré's and can't wait to learn a bit more from her this week about the significance of this most recent attack on religious liberty.
Please join me in welcoming Helen Alvaré to Ricochet!