Liza M. Davis '12

Adjunct Professor of Law | Director, Community Engagement & Advocacy, The Children's Partnership

B.A., Sociology, minors in History and Applied Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008 
J.D., Southwestern Law School, 2012

Member, California State Bar

Joined Southwestern: 2018

For the last decade, Liza M. Davis (she/her) worked as a public interest attorney, collaborating with and providing direct representation to some of the most marginalized members of our community. Liza dedicated her entire legal career to representing children and families. As an attorney, Liza represented thousands of clients in matters regarding education law, family law, juvenile law, guardianship, public benefits, immigration, and other issues vital to improving their quality of life.

Before joining TCP, Liza was a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), where she represented victims of torture, domestic violence, trafficking, and other serious crimes in both family law and immigration matters. In addition to representing clients, Liza advocated for the rights of families impacted by domestic violence via active participation in committees and various community-led coalitions focused on reimagining the way we serve families in crisis. Most recently, Liza helped build and organize the Reimagine Child Safety Coalition, which works to reimagine our family regulation system and the way we address child safety. While at LAFLA, Liza also helped develop and execute Legal Aid’s first all-staff policy initiative: Support Over Separation (SOS), a policy initiative aimed to strategically address the intersection between legal aid and the child welfare system, with the goal of ensuring that families received the support and resources they need to stay together. Prior to joining LAFLA, Liza worked at Public Counsel, where she provided direct legal services, policy, and legislative advocacy on issues related to youth in the juvenile justice system, youth in foster care, and young victims of commercial sexual exploitation. While at Public Counsel, Liza also worked to enforce the education/special education rights of system-involved youth and to decriminalize children with disabilities in schools, group homes, and other foster care placements.

Immediately after graduating from Southwestern Law School, Liza helped establish and direct the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pro-per clinic at the Immigration Center for Women and Children. She joined Southwestern Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law in 2018, where she teaches and mentors students interested in public interest and public sector law. Liza received a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Applied Psychology and History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a proud immigrant from Guatemala, raised in Los Angeles. She shares her life with her husband Ryan, their two daughters, and their dog Chase.