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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 practiced in the Corporate, Securities and Tax Group of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt, P.A. Shirley is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (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 both the NACUA and at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) annual conferences. 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.