IJA International Judicial Academy

Director Detail

Hon. Leslie M. Alden


Circuit Court Judge, 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Fairfax County

Judge Leslie M. Alden has been a trial judge in Fairfax County, Virginia since 1995. She serves as the liaison between the Fairfax Circuit Court and the Court Services Division of the District Court. Judge Alden presently serves as President of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). She previously served as chair of the IAWJ Board of Managerial Trustees for six years where she is still a member. For five years, Judge Alden served as the International Director for the US National Association of Women Judges. Judge Alden has delivered a judicial perspective about the importance of the rule of law and the observance of human rights principles in courts by speaking to legal groups in Nigeria, Cuba, Chile, South Africa, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Jordan, Hungary, Brazil, India and South Korea. She serves as a Corresponding Editor for International Legal Materials, a publication of The American Society of International Law, and is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Advanced Management Journal, the publication of the Society for the Advancement of Management. Judge Alden earned her J.D. in 1983 from George Mason University School of Law, where she has been an Adjunct Professor of Law. In addition, she earned her B.S. (Business Administration) in 1978 from George Mason University. In 2001, Judge Alden completed the Economics Institute for State Judges presented by the Law and Organizational Economics Center. Judge Alden is active in the Fairfax Bar Association, and serves on the International Outreach and Bias in Judicial Selection and Evaluation Committees of the National Association of Women Judges.

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