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Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2001
Harvard Law School, LLM 1995
Université Paris Descartes, DEA 1989
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, LLB 1988


Liliana Mangiafico’s first position as an attorney was in the legal department of the Venezuelan oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (Lagoven). In 1994, she came to the United States to pursue an LLM at Harvard Law School and, after graduating, remained at the Harvard as a visiting researcher in the areas of Latin American constitutional and taxation issues. After obtaining her JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2001, she briefly practiced with Greater Boston Legal Services’ family law unit, and then joined Advocates, Inc, a nonprofit organization providing services for the disabled and mentally ill. At Advocates, she directed advocacy and legal services that served 1,000 clients per year, with a focus on homelessness prevention, including serving clients facing eviction, appealing denials of Social Security and welfare assistance, guardianships and family law matters. Her work was recognized in 2011 when she was named among the “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Also in 2011, she was appointed to serve on the Framingham Advisory Board for the Reform of Welfare by the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. In 201, she transitioned to full-time law teaching. She has taught at Albany Law School, where she was a visiting professor and the director of the Family Violence Litigation Clinic, and at Penn State University/Dickinson Law, where she created, developed and taught the housing and welfare law curriculum for the Community Law Clinic. Born and raised in Caracas, Professor Mangiafico is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese. She is an avid triathlete and nature lover.

Liliana Mangiafico