The recipient of the 2014 New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys’ Outstanding Family Law Clinic Student Award from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Family Law/Children’s Rights sections of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice is Hope Elizabeth Hughes.
During the academic year Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, Hope Hughes logged over 550 hours while representing clients in custody disputes, neglect and abuse allegations, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and intra-family adoption cases. In addition to handling ten cases, Hope was co-counsel in several others cases. One of Hope’s happy cases was an intra-family adoption of twin girls who were adopted by their aunt who had no children of her own. She also tried two major custody cases. In one her cases, Hope and her co-counsel traveled to Houston, Texas for a home visit. For both trials, Hope prepared and conducted direct and cross examinations of several witnesses and two experts. During her clinical experience, Hope was always prepared, professional and an inspiration to her fellow student practitioners, professors and staff. Hope received her award at the May 8, 2014 AWA luncheon held at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen on Chartres Street in the French Quarter.