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Ms. Liliana Ibarra, Esquire

Liliana Ibarra is the 2019 recipient of the Sarasota’s Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship. Liliana was born and raised in Texas, but her family moved to Michigan when she was young. From there her family migrated to Florida to work in agriculture. Liliana received her bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida. After graduation, Liliana worked for two criminal defense firms in Sarasota, County where she worked on misdemeanor and felony matters as well as traffic matters.

Liliana’s interest in law led her to apply to Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Because of her interest in immigration, she participated in the Immigration Clinic at Barry. Over the summer, Liliana advocated for two individuals in an asylum matter before an Immigration Judge. Her hard work paid off when the Judge granted both individuals asylum in this country.

This past summer Liliana had the opportunity to work for Goodman McGuffey, LLP handling civil litigation matters where she gained valuable experience in coverage, product liability, and construction defect matters. After completing this summer clerkship Liliana plans to return to the Sarasota legal community to practice as an attorney. She hopes to incorporate her passion for immigration matters into other fields of law. She is currently completing her final year of law school at Barry University.


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