Katherine Hughes, JD, MSW, LICSW, CJCC I and CJCC I Mentor


Katherine has advocated for youth as a clinical social worker for ACS for 20 years, in Natick, Framingham and Cambridge.  She previously worked for Justice Resource Institute where she helped to start the Brockton and Wareham Juvenile Court Clinics.  She has supervised graduate student social workers in the ACS Student Training Program, new staff, and mentored clinicians preparing for certification.  She was appointed to the first Department of Mental Health committee which created the Certified Juvenile Court Clinician program, setting guidelines and developing educational programs for court clinicians statewide.  In 2016, Katherine was awarded the Massachusetts Department of Forensic Mental Health’s Award for Clinical Excellence for her service to her clients and the juvenile court.


Katherine previously spent four years as a legal services attorney, specializing in family law cases involving domestic violence, and elder law, and she continues to do pro bono work for low income clients.  As a law student, she interned at Greater Boston Legal Services in the Health and Disability Unit, and at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Katherine taught high school as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, East Africa, following college.  She holds dual degrees (MSW, JD) from the University of Connecticut, and an A.B. from Stanford University.