Senior Lecturer in Law
B.A., George Mason University; J.D., George Mason University
The Honorable Leslie M. Alden joined the faculty as Senior Lecturer in Law after serving the law school as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law.
Judge Alden, a graduate of the School of Law, has nearly two decades of experience on the bench hearing civil and criminal cases, with nearly three decades of legal experience in all aspects of litigation. She served as a trial court judge in the Fairfax County Circuit Court from 1996 until her retirement and was a trial judge in special jurisdiction court in the Fairfax County General District Court prior to that time.
Before joining the bench, Judge Alden was a partner in the law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand in Washington, D.C., with a practice centered on commercial litigation and local government law.
Judge Alden is a frequent participant in international legal and judicial programs and has served as president of the International Association of Women Judges, where she was named a representative of the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations. She has served the National Association of Women Judges as international director, developing the award-winning judicial program Beyond Borders: The Impact of International Law in U.S. Courts.
A member of the Virginia State and the District of Columbia Bars, Judge Alden remains active in numerous professional groups.