President's Council

Christine Hughes

Christine Hughes, Vice President and General Counsel

Christine HughesThe Vice President and General Counsel supervises the Office of the General Counsel and the Emerson College Police Department. As General Counsel, she manages all legal affairs of the College to reduce risk of litigation and liability, provides legal advice and counsel to the President, the Board of Trustees, Vice Presidents, and senior administrators, and selects and supervises outside legal counsel. Christine has more than thirty years of legal experience, over 25 of which are in higher education law. Prior to joining Emerson in 2004, Christine was lead counsel to the University of Washington in Seattle and a University Attorney at Harvard University. She began her legal career at the Boston law firms Goodwin Procter LLP and WilmerHale, where she rose to junior partner.

Christine is on the board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Christine was elected to the governing board of the Boston Bar Association in 2007 and served on its Executive and Strategic Planning Committees until 2010. She is also a member of the College and University Law Section of the BBA, which she chaired from 2005 to 2007. In 2009 she was named an In-House Leader in the Law.

Christine is a graduate of Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, and the University of Virginia Law School.