Public Interest Law Initiative

2016 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Kristen E. Hudson

Posted on: December 7, 2016

kristen-hudsonKristen Hudson was a PILI Graduate Fellow at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in 2003. Since then, she has stayed involved with CVLS as a volunteer and board member, currently serving as the immediate Past President and chair of the Board Development Committee.

Over the last 13 years, Kristen has handled many pro bono cases for CVLS. She represented litigants in family law disputes, served as guardian ad litem in adult and minor guardianship matters, and has represented low-income homeowners in the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program.

In 2014, Kristen chaired the CVLS 50th Anniversary Gala. This year, she was on the host committee for Illinois Legal Aid Online’s 6th Annual Fundraising Benefit, and has served on the host committee for the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Casino Legale.For the last four years, she has assisted with the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice Campaign.

Prior to attending law school, Kristen taught high school Drama and French. In 2003, she graduated magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. As Principal and General Counsel at Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., Kristen’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and she has won several high-stakes legal challenges in courtrooms across the nation. She is an accomplished writer and frequent speaker and is an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and The John Marshall Law School.

Earlier this year, Kristen was honored with the Chicago Bar Association’s Alta May Hulett Award, which recognizes one young female lawyer each year who has demonstrated a sustained, active commitment to the advancement of women. She was also named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

“Kristen has a heart of gold and the tenacity of a tiger. A true believer in pro bono, she clearly has a lifetime commitment to it. She is an excellent lawyer and represents the best of our profession.”
– Margaret Benson, Executive Director at CVLS

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