Joyce A. Hughes

Professor of Law Emerita


In 1971 Joyce A. Hughes became the nation's first Black female tenure-track law professor at a majority school, 20 years after such a person was a professor at a predominantly Black law school. She has served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Rules of Evidence and a member of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' Committee on Policy for Racial Justice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Evidence
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Refugees & Asylum

Selected Publications

  • Donald Trump and Immigration, Cook County Bar Association, Sidebar (September 2016).
  • Rethinking the Cuban Adjustment Act and the U.S. National Interest, 23 St. Thomas Law Review 187 (2011) (with Alexander L. Alum).
  • Black and Female in Law, 5 Rutgers Race & The Law Review 105-115 (2003).
  • Flight From Cuba, 36 California Western Law Review 39-75 (1999).
  • Neither a Whisper Nor a Shout, in Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers, edited by J. Clay Smith (1998).

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  • BA magna cum laude, Carleton College
  • JD cum laude, University of Minnesota

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1975-1979, Northwestern University
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1971-1975, University of Minnesota
  • Attorney, 1967-1971, Howard, LeFevere, Lefler, Hamilton and Pearson, (Minneapolis)
  • Law Clerk, 1965-1967, Hon. Earl R. Larson, U.S. District Court, Minnesota

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Arbitrator, Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program

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