Liliana Zaragoza returned to LDF as Assistant Counsel in November 2018. Previously, Liliana joined LDF as the inaugural John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow from 2015 through 2016. During her fellowship, she was a part of the litigation team in Greater Birmingham Ministries v. Merrill, and she worked on several of LDF’s amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, including in Fisher v. University of Texas II, Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado, and Evenwel v. Abbott, among others.
Prior to her time at LDF, Liliana was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), where she represented domestic workers, including nannies, housecleaners, and elder-care workers, in federal and state wage and hour litigation. While at NYLAG, she provided legal clinics and Know Your Rights trainings at various member organizations of the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance throughout New York City. Liliana also served as a law clerk to the Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to the Honorable Victor Marrero in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Liliana received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was the first Latina Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. Liliana received her A.B. in International Studies and Human Rights from the University of Chicago, with honors.