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 in 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 practised in the Corporate, Securities and Tax Group of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt, P.A.

 

Shirley is an active member of NACUA and has volunteered for multiple committees and authored various publications. She is also a frequent speaker on issues related to international higher education at NACUA and NAFSA. Additionally, Shirley is 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.

 

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.

Professional Associations & Activities:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) (2011-Present)
    - 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)

  • The Florida Bar (2010-Present) 
    - Education Law Committee
    - Business Law Section
    - Administrative Law Section
    - Government Lawyer Section
    - International Law Section

  • American Bar Association (2010-Present) 
    - Business Law Section
    - International Law Section

     

Speaking Engagements

  • National Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
    - NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference, Chair and Speaker, Chinese Higher Education Internationalization: Strategic, Operational, and Legal Perspectives

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
    - NACUA 2018 Annual Conference, Speaker, China 101: Nuts and Bolts of Operating Educational Activities in China
    - NACUA 2017 CLE Workshop, College and University Compliance Programs: Succeeding in an Era of Change, Speaker, We Have a Program Where?! Compliance Considerations for Global Partnerships
    - NACUA 2017 Annual Conference, Speaker, China Higher Education Law Update: Implications of the Chinese Overseas NGO Law and More
    - NACUA 2015 Annual Conference, Moderator, Global Operations: Roundtable Discussions with Experts and Colleagues on Operating in China, India, Kenya, and the Middle East.
    - NACUA 2014 Annual Conference, Discussion Leader, Around the World in 75 Minutes: Roundtable Discussions on Operating in China, India, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East.
    - NACUA 2014 Annual Conference, Moderator/Speaker, Best Practices in International FCPA Compliance: Issues and Guidance on Developing FCPA Policies, Training, and Compliance Programs

  • Florida Bar
    - Education Law Committee, Fall Meeting, October 16, 2016, Speaker, China's Foreign NGO Law and its Implications on U.S. Education Institutions

     

Publications:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys – 06.20.2018
    - 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 International Educators - 05.27.2018
    - Chinese Higher Education Internationalization: Strategic, Operational, and Legal Perspectives - A Checklist of Key Issues When Establishing Educational Activities in China

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys -11.20.2014
    - Demystifying the Ministry: A practical guide to submitting an application to the Chinese Ministry of Education for the establishment of a Chinese-foreign cooperative run educational project.

     

Awards & Recognitions:

  • The Florida Bar 
    - Business Law Section Diversity Fellow (2013-2016)
    - Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Scholarship Award (2009)

Xinning Shirley Liu

President

Professional Background:

  • Office of the General Counsel
    Florida International University
    - Assistant General Counsel

  • Carlton Fields Jordan Burt
    Miami Office 
    - Associate

  • Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
    University of Florida
    - Legal Intern

  • US Securities and Exchange Commission
    Miami Regional Office 
    - Law Clerk

  • United States Department of State 
    - Fulbright Scholar to China in the areas of law 
    and economic development

  • 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.

Licensed to Practice In:

The State of Florida