Helen M. Alvare, who received her J.D. from Cornell University in 1984 and a master’s degree in theology from The Catholic University of America in 1989, is a professor at George Mason University School of Law. Prior joining the faculty at George Mason, Professor Alvare was an associate professor at Catholic University of America-Columbus School of Law. Since 1987 she has worked at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, first in the Office of General Counsel and later as the director of information and planning for the bishops’ pro-life office. Alvare also spoke for the American Catholic bishops in television, radio, print media and public lectures. Alvare has testified on behalf of the bishops before federal congressional committees and lobbied members of Congress on federal legislation concerning abortion, health care and welfare reform. Alvare previously worked as a staff attorney for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and as an associate at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young in Philadelphia.