Helena Alviar
Harvard Law School, JD 2001
Harvard Law School, LLM 1997
Universidad de Los Andes, Abogado Law 1989
Universidad de Los Andes, Financial Legislation 1992

 As an expert in feminist approaches to law and development, Helena Alviar has been invited to teach and speak to audiences around the world. She has published articles in the United States and Latin America, and has been awarded with the Colfuturo Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Enrique Low Murtra Scholaship, the Lewis Fellowship, and the Byse Fellowship.

The Honorable Fernande RV Duffly (ret.)
University of Connecticut, BA 1973
Harvard Law School, JD 1978

Justice Duffly began her legal career in 1978 as an attorney in the litigation department of the Boston law firm then known as Warner and Stackpole (now K&L Gates).  Just eight years later, she became the first female litigation partner and the first partner of color at the firm. She left private practice in 1992 after being appointed to the Probate and Family Court, where she served until 2000.  She was then appointed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and after over a decade on the Appeals Court, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court on February 1, 2011, by Governor Deval Patrick.  A native of Indonesia, she was the first Asian American member of that court. She retired on July 12, 2016. As a Visiting Professor of the Practice at Northeastern, Justice Duffly will teach Civil Procedure to LLM students this fall and a Family Law course during Spring 2018. 

Liliana Mangiafico
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.