Xinning Shirley Liu

President

Xinning Shirley Liu is President of XL Law and Consulting P.A., where she concentrates her practice on higher education, business and international law. She regularly advises higher education institutions on operating educational activities in China. She was born in China and is fluent in the Mandarin and the Fujianese dialects. 

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.

     

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

  • University of Texas Arlington
    -University of Texas Arlington 2019 Research Integrity Symposium, Keynote Speaker

  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
    - NACUBO 2019 Global Operations Forum, Speaker, Operating in Country as A Public University

  • 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 2019 Annual Conference, Speaker, The Silk Road Express: Flash Updates on Operating Educational Activities in China and India
    - 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)

Licensed to Practice In:

The State of Florida