A panel discussion on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obergefell v Hodges with Helen Alvaré, John Garvey, and Dr. Susan Timoney
About the Speakers
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.
John Garvey is the President of The Catholic University of America. He was the dean of Boston College Law School from 1999 to 2010. In 2008 he was the President of the Association of American Law Schools. He has practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, and taught at Notre Dame, Michigan, and Kentucky. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Religion and the Constitution (2011), which won the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit book award; and of Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church (2007), which won the Catholic Press Association award. From 1981 to 1984 he was assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1982. Mr. Garvey has been married to Jeanne Walter Garvey for 40 years. They have five children, 18 grandchildren, and a rescue dog named Gus.
Dr. Susan Timoney has been appointed by Cardinal Wuerl as the Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns at the Archdiocese of Washington where she has overseen the Evangelization and Pastoral planning for the last eight years. Susan earned her STD at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, in Rome and wrote on the feminine dimension of discipleship. Dr. Timoney also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America and in instructor in the On-line program at St. Joseph’s College, Maine. Dr. Timoney currently serves on the Board of directors/advisors for the Lay Centre in Rome, Landings Ministry, and the Catholic Apostolate Center. Susan lectures nationally and internationally on areas related to Evangelization and Christian Spirituality. Susan lives with her husband in Washington D.C.