Hughes Law Center, P.C.
Arlington Law Firm Focused On Adoption: Experienced and Compassionate
817-789-4555

Kellye Hughes

Kellye Hughes

Location:
Arlington , Texas
Phone:
817-789-4555
Email:
Kellye Hughes is a former Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney who has been practicing law since 1995 and has worked in the legal field since 1986. Ms. Hughes has tried hundreds of cases including several jury trials.  Ms Hughes represents foster parents in contested interventions.  Ms. Hughes has handled over 300 adoptions.  Ms. Hughes is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Only a small percentage of Texas attorneys belong to this prestigious organization. The College of the State Bar of Texas is made up of attorneys who every year voluntarily complete extended continuing education courses. She was appointed by the State Bar of Texas to serve on the Child Abuse and Neglect Committee for two times (2002 - 2008). Ms. Hughes was named by Fort Worth Magazine, 2002 as the top attorney in adoptions and C.P.S. cases. Ms. Hughes is a frequent lecturer.  Ms. Hughes authored a how to guide that was presented to attorneys and law students in preparation of National Adoption Day 2006 through 2017.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1995

Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Honors: Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Honors: Mediator Certificate, 1994
    • Honors: Honored in 2008 as Alumni of the Year
  • University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • National Adoption Day, Presented seminar on adoption procedure for Tarrant County's National Adoption Day. Texas A & M University School of Law , 2014 - 2017
  • Texas CPS Foster Care System, Presented seminar on CPS laws for foster parents and social workers. 28th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Seminar, Austin, Texas
  • Family Law - Not Just Divorces and Modifications, Served on a panel discussing Child Protective Services and Adoption Law. Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Family Law Section
  • Termination and Post-Trial Procedure Case Law Update, Authored by Office of General Counsel TDFPS, Presentd by Kellye Hughes to the Dallas Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Committee's - Advanced CPS Topics
  • The CPS Judicial System, Tarrant County Excel Center training for MHMR caseworkers and social workers servicing children in Tarrant County, 2011
  • Termination and Adoption and Parental Rights and Duties, Texan College for Judicial Studies, 2011
  • What Happens After Termination? How to Perfect the CPS Appeal, Callas Bar Association's Annual Juvenile Justice Symposium, 2009
  • Representing and Engaging Father's in CPS Cases, Presented in collaboration with the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, 2009
  • Foster Parent's Legal Rights, Ellis County Foster Parent Association, 2009
  • Presented National Adoption Day Training, Tarrant County Bar Association & students at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2008 - 2009
  • Texan Law on Foster Parenting, Texas Foster parent Association's Annual Convention, 2008
  • Developed a training program for National Adoption Day, Denton County, 2008
  • Cross Examination in a CPS Case, Travis County Women Attorney's Association, 2008
  • CPS Law 101, Texas Foster Parent Association's Annual Convention, 2008
  • Court Decorum, North Texas Teen Court Competition, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2008 - Present
  • Termination & Adoption, Texas College for Judicial Studies, 2007
  • How To Guide to Adoption, Tarrant County National Adoption Day Training, 2007
  • Child Protective Services - Appeal of a Termination Case, Dallas Juvenile Justice Committee, 2007
  • How To Guide to Adoption, Tarrant County National Adoption Day Training, 2006
  • Representation of a Parent in a Termination Case, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2006
  • Appeal of a Juvenile Delinquency Case, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2006
  • Court Training, Tarrant County CPS Investigators and CVS Workers and Supervisors, 2006
  • Kinship Issues in CPS Cases. the ties that Bind, 19th Annual Robert Dawson Juvenile Law Conference, 2006
  • Representing Parents in CPS Cases, Neglect Hurts Task Force Ad Litem Training, 2005
  • Kinship Issues in CPS Cases. the ties that Bind, Advanced Family Law Course, 2005
  • Other Players in Custody Cases, Annual Poverty Law Conference, 2005
  • Defending a CPS Case, 18th Annual Robert Dawson Juvenile Law Conference, 2005
  • Effective Representation of Parents in a CPS Case, Dallas Juvenile Justice Committee, 2004
  • Defending a CPS Case or How to Level the Playing Field, Advanced Family Law Course, 2004
  • Defending CPS Investigations, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Forensic Seminar, 2003
  • Anatomy of CPS Investigations, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Forensic Seminar, 2001
  • Representation in Abuse & Neglect Cases, Texas Children's Justice Project's Continuing Legal Education Program, 2000
  • Rusty Duncan Seminar, CPS Investigations, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association's 13th Annual Advanced Short Course, June 2, 2000
  • Defending a Criminal Client in a CPS Investigation, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Continuing Legal Education, 1999
  • Multiple Interdisciplinary Child Sexual Abuse Training, Tarrant County College Police Academy, 1995 - 1998
  • The CPS Court System, Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council, 1998
  • The CPS Court System, Foster Parent Legal Training, 1995 - 1999
  • Provided Education Seminars, Child Protective Services' Social Workers, 1995 - 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Judge for the North Texas Teen Court Competition at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • Honored by Texas Wesleyan University School for Law as Alumni of the Year, for community service, facilitating the adoption of several hundred foster children
  • Presented National Adoption Day training to the Denton County Bar Association for the implementation of an annual National Adoption Day Event
  • Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award - 2008
  • Served on National Adoption Day Committee, 2006 - Present
  • Appointed to the Child Abuse and Neglect Committee for the State Bar of Texas; 2002 - 2008. Co-chair of Education Section (Course planner/director for 2005 Juvenile Law Conference; Course planner/director for 2004 and 2005 Advanced Family Law Course).
  • Leadership Arlington - Class of 2002-2003; Chairperson of the Government Section.
  • Named by Fort Worth Magazine - (December 2002) as the top lawyer for CPS cases and for Adoption cases.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, 1995 - Present
  • Tarrant County Family Law Association, 1995 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Family Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Tarrant County, Assistant District Attorney - Special prosecutor assigned to represent Child Protective Services, 1995 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Excel Center - Community Board Member, 2011 - 2012
  • Girl Scouts Leader, 2005 - 2009
  • Arlington Republican Club (Former Officer)
  • Tarrant County Republican Forum (vice President)
  • Tarrant County Republican Forum (Vice President)
  • Republican Precinct Chair, 2005 - 2017
  • Tarrant County Republican Assembly, 2001 - 2006
  • Deleate to Texas Republican Convention, 2014 - 2016

Languages

  • English

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