10 Over 50: Leticia Diaz

Meet Dean Leticia Diaz of Barry University School of Law!

Leticia M. Diaz, J.D., Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Law | Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

A founding dean of the law school, Cuban American Diaz has earned national recognition for expanding minority engagement in the field of law.

About Dean Diaz:

With her 2007 appointment, Diaz became the nation’s first female Cuban American dean of a law school. With a student body diversity rate of 50 percent, the school was recently named the sixth most diverse law school by preLaw Magazine. Diaz also serves the community through law clinics and assisting immigrants, juveniles and families facing bankruptcy, among other support. “Barry has given me the opportunity to make a difference and impact the legal profession through our students and clinics,” she says. “I’ve also been able to give back on a larger scale than I ever imagined.”

For Diaz, it’s a family legacy. Her grandfather was a judge in Cuba, where her father was an attorney. Carrying on the tradition are her son and daughter, both of whom were sworn in as attorneys on the same day in what Diaz calls “my greatest personal moment.”

About Barry University:

The Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law is committed to providing graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to aid society through the competent and ethical practice of law. Students are exposed to the theories of law from a faculty of professors who are leaders in their fields and who embrace an open-door policy. Valuable clinical and externship opportunities provide dynamic practical experience, and our accomplished, championship-caliber trial and moot court teams showcase the real-world legal skills developed at Barry Law. With the 2011 completion of a three-story Legal Advocacy Center, the law school’s 20-acre campus in Orlando is transforming into a state-of-the-art complex that is the focal point for legal resources, services, and knowledge in Central Florida.

About 10 Over 50:

Orlando magazine’s 2022 10 Over 50 List honors those changemakers in the community over 50 who continue to make a difference in Central Florida.

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