Board Member
MICHELLE HUGHES, JD

Chicago, IL

Ms. Hughes established her own law firm, the Law Office of Michelle M. Hughes in 1993, where her legal practice focuses primarily on adoption, (working with DCFS, private agency, independent adoption, co-parent adoption and related adoption). She is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Ms. Hughes is a member of the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Committee and former Vice Chair of Cook County Bar Association Adoption Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Ms. Hughes started organizing and conducting seminars on transracial adoptions in 1991. In 1994, she co-founded Bridge Communications, Inc. specializing in diversity training, with an emphasis on transracial, international and general adoption education. Bridge Communications was featured in the film "Outside looking In: Transracial Adoption in America"(2002); and magazine articles in Adoption Today (February/March 2004); and Chicago Magazine (September 1996). She has been quoted regularly in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times concerning issues of transracial adoption and biracial identity.

Ms. Hughes also serves on the board of AMEA (Association of Multiethnic Americans) and the board of Directors of Perspectives Charter School and has actively mentored several students. She is a former board member on the Gayle and Ardythe Sayers Advisory Counsel at the Cradle adoption agency and the Advisory Board of Adoption-Link adoption agency.

Ms. Hughes grew up in Chicago, where she currently resides. She also organizes several social functions frequently for multiracial adults in the area in order to build a network of support within the community.