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Xinning Shirley Liu
Licensed to Practice Law In:

President

The State of Florida

Xinning Shirley Liu is the President of XL Law and Consulting P.A., where she concentrates her practice on higher education and international law. She regularly advises higher education institutions on operating educational activities aboard with a focus on China. Shirley has experience implementing a wide array of international programs and has advised on a variety of regulatory and transactional matters. She also assists clients in the strategic design and implementation of their global portfolios and helps address local compliance concerns.

 

Shirley formerly worked in-house at the Office of the General Counsel at Florida International University.  Before that, she clerked at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and practiced in the Corporate, Securities and Tax Group of Carlton Fields, P.A.

 

Shirley is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (“NACUA”) where she has served on numerous committees and authored various publications. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to international higher education at NACUA, the Association of International Educators (“NAFSA”), National Association of College and University Business Officers (“NACUBO”), and the Association of International Education Administrators (“AIEA”) conferences.  Shirley is also a member of the Florida Bar where she serves on the Education Law Committee, International Law Section, Business Law Section and the Government Law Section.

Professional Background


Florida International University - Office of the General Counsel
- Assistant General Counsel
Carlton Fields Jordan Burt - Miami Office
- Attorney, Corporate Tax & Securities Group University of Florida - Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
- Legal Intern U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - Miami Regional Office
- Law Clerk United States Department of State - U.S. Fulbright Program
- U.S. Fulbright Scholar to China in the areas of law and economic development United States Department of Defense - National Security Education Program (NSEP)
- Boren Scholar to Beijing and Hong Kong




Education


University of Florida Levin College of Law - J.D., Cum Laude University of Miami - B.A. Political Science - B.B.A. Business Law Chinese University of Hong Kong - International Exchange Program - Chinese law and business Tsinghua University Chinese Business Program - Advanced Chinese language and business program University of Oxford - Intensive Political Science Programme on British-European law and society




Professional Associations & Activities


National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) - Annual Convention Planning Committee – Co-Chair of the International Working Group (2016 – Present) - Membership Committee (2015 – 2016) - NACUANOTES Editorial Board (2014 – 2015) - Higher Education Programs in China Affinity Group – Coordinator (2014 – Present) - Asian American Pacific Islander Affinity Group – Coordinator (2012 – Present) - Annual Convention Planning Committee – Member of the International Working Group (2013 – 2014) - Legal Education Committee – Member of the Subcommittee on Virtual Seminars (2012 – 2013) National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) - China Member Interests Group - International Education Leadership (IEL) Professional Network Group - International Enrollment Management (IEM) Professional Network Group The Florida Bar - Education Law Committee - Business Law Section - Administrative Law Section - Government Lawyer Section - International Law Section




Speaking Engagements


International Students and Employees -Speaker, National Association of College and University Attorneys ("NACUA") Winter 2021 Virtual CLE Workshop, February 2021 The Future of U.S. - China Relations and Its Effects on Operating International Higher Education Programs in China -Speaker and Chair, Association of International Education Administrators ("AIEA") 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, February 2021 Wheels Up! - Navigating University International Programs -Speaker, NACUA Annual Conference, September 2020 Lawyers New to Higher Education Workshop -Speaker, NACUA Annual Conference, September 2020 Compliance Considerations for International Collaborations -Discussion Leader, NACUA CLE Workshop, November 2019 Research Integrity Symposium - Keynote Speaker, University of Texas at Arlington, October 2019 Operating In-Country as a Public University - Speaker, National Association of College and University Business Officers ("NACUBO") Global Operations Forum, October 2019 The Silk Road Express: Flash Updates on Operating Educational Activities in China and India - Speaker, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2019 International Visitors In the Lab: What Counsel Needs to Know - Speaker, NACUA CLE Workshop, November 2018 China 101: Nuts and Bolts of Operating Educational Activities in China - Speaker, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2018 Chinese Higher Education Internationalization: Strategic, Operational, and Legal Perspectives - Chair and Speaker, Association of International Educators ("NAFSA") Annual Conference, May 2018 We Have a Program Where?! Compliance Considerations for Global Partnerships - Speaker, NACUA CLE Workshop, November 2017 China Higher Education Law Update: Implications of the Chinese Overseas NGO Law and More - Speaker, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2017 China's Foreign NGO Law and its Implications on U.S. Education Institutions - Speaker, Florida Bar, Education Law Committee - Fall Meeting, October 2016 Global Operations: Roundtable Discussions with Experts and Colleagues on Operating in China, India, Kenya, and the Middle East - Moderator, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2015 Around the World in 75 Minutes: Roundtable Discussions on Operating in China, India, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. - Discussion Leader, NACUA Annual Conference June 2014 Best Practices in International FCPA Compliance: Issues and Guidance on Developing FCPA Policies, Training, and Compliance Programs - Moderator/Speaker, NACUA Annual Conference, June 2014




Publications


The China Primer: Basics on Operating Higher Education Activities in China - National Association of College and University Attorneys – June, 2019 International Visitors in the Lab: What Counsel Needs to Know – Recently Proposed/Enacted U.S. Laws and Policies Affecting Foreign Students and Researchers at U.S. Colleges and Universities - National Association of College and University Attorneys – November, 2018 China 101: Nuts and Bolts of Operating Educational Activities in China - Export Control, Intellectual Property, International Research, Technology Transfer, Cybersecurity, VPNs, Student Recruitment and Online Programs - National Association of College and University Attorneys – June, 2018 Chinese Higher Education Internationalization: Strategic, Operational, and Legal Perspectives - A Checklist of Key Issues When Establishing Educational Activities in China - Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – May, 2018 We Have a Program Where?! Compliance Considerations for Global Partnerships; Global Partnerships Due Diligence Checklist - National Association of College and University Attorneys – November, 2017 We Have a Program Where?! Compliance Considerations for Global Partnerships; A Practical Guide on Employing Foreign Nationals and Contracting with Foreign Vendors - National Association of College and University Attorneys – November, 2017 China Higher Education Law Update: Implications of the Chinese Overseas NGO Law and More - National Association of College and University Attorneys – June, 2017 A Checklist of Key Issues When Establishing Educational Activities in China - National Association of College and University Attorneys – June, 2015 Demystifying the Ministry: A Practical Guide to Submitting an Application to the Chines Ministry of Education for the Establishment of a Chinese-Foreign Cooperative Run Educational Project - National Association of College and University Attorneys – November, 2014




Awards & Recognitions


The First Decade Award (2021) - National Association of College and University Attorneys Business Law Section - Diversity Fellow (2013-2016) - The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) - Scholarship Award (2009) - The Florida Bar United States Department of Defense - National Security Education Program (NSEP) - Boren Scholar to Beijing and Hong Kong United States Department of State - U.S. Fulbright Program - U.S. Fulbright Scholar to China in the areas of law and economic development





Born in China, Shirley is fluent in Mandarin and Fujianese.  She received her B.A. and B.B.A from the University of Miami, and her J.D. from the University of Florida.  She was a former Fulbright scholar to China in the area of law and economic development, and a National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholar to Beijing and Hong Kong.