Over 25 years experience as an Illinois Adoption Attorney.
Over 5 years of experience in the area of Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Successfully completed over 3 thousand adoptions.
Member of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) since 2003.
Former Co-Chair of the CI (Confidential Intermediate) advisory committee with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Member of DCFS’s Adoption registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council.
Member of the Chicago Bar Association and its Adoption Law Committee (Chair 2011-2012)
Former Vice Chair of Cook county Bar Association's Adoption Law Committee.
Graduate of University of Chicago Law School (Doctor of Law)
Chapter Author of IICLE Adoption Law (Illinois) 2006 Edition, 2011 Edition, and 2013 Supplement on Transracial Adoption.
“Internet promises, Scares, and Surprises: New Realities of Adoption”, Capital University Law Review Volume 41, No. 2, 2013.
An Adoptive Parent.
Areas of Practice
Assisted Reproduction Tech
Real Estate Law
Personal Injury Law
Michelle M. Hughes J.D.
News & Publications
Understanding Open Adoption
Open adoption can mean different things for different families. Parents should consider their child's needs when deciding on an open adoption.
"How Can You Love A Child Who’s Not Biologically Yours?"
"We just….do. Honestly, I’m sitting here typing, early in the morning, with the grandiose idea of busting out some clever rhetoric to reinforce the point of this post but I’m at a loss. I can’t explain it any other way than to say, we do. Blood, biology, DNA, and all the other fixins’ have nothing to do with it."