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Lindsay Hugé Biography

Lindsay Hugé is an experienced attorney in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender who is known for seeking fairness in the justice system and working in his community to improve opportunities for youth in innovative ways.

Hugé has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1989, in the Northern District of Illinois since 1990, as well as in the United States Supreme Court. Working as an attorney in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender since 1989, Lindsay has handled thousands of cases, including misdemeanor, traffic, narcotics, felony and murder charges. He has worked in most divisions of the office, including first municipal, narcotics, appeals, post-convictions and legal resources, conducting over 175 bench trials and 20 jury trials, and dozens of post-conviction arguments and hearings. Widely experienced as both a trial and appellate attorney, Lindsay has also researched and written over 145 appeals and has argued before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts.

Lindsay volunteers his time and energy to serve our community. He serves on the board of CityLit Theater and served on the board of the Cliff Dwellers Arts Club, where he has formed a partnership with the Chicago Jazz Institute which provides new audiences and venues for young jazz artists and students. As Treasurer and Zoning and Development representative for the North Uptown Neighbors Association, he has worked to improve his community block by block. Lindsay founded and leads a Friends of Bezazian library branch advocates group which supports restoring the library and certain programming to the diverse Uptown population served by Bezazian. He is also on the Advisory Board of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, a neighborhood institution which is integrating new technologies with a traditional commitment to learning, achievement and service, and is a boardmember of the Obama Legacy Initiative. Read recent news stories about Lindsay’s community work.

A history professor who helps his students understand the American tradition of justice, Hugé taught history at DePaul University from 2001 to 2003 and has taught law and history at Columbia College since 1998. He earned a B.A. in history and English from Tulane University in 1984 and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 1988. Lindsay also earned an M.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago in 2000 and an M.A. in literature from DePaul in 2008. Lindsay additionally earned an LL.M. in intellectual property law from John Marshall Law School in 2014.

Hugé’s memberships and affiliations include: Chicago Bar Association (member of Criminal Law and Intellectual Property Law committees, and past Chair of Law & Literature committee), Advocates Society (Polish-American Bar Association), Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Illinois Landmarks, Art Institute of Chicago, Organization of American Historians, Cliff Dwellers Arts Club, Chicago History Museum, American Motorcycle Association, Chicago Jazz Institute, and Steppenwolf Theater.

Lindsay has lived in Uptown for over 25 years and is married to Lisa Hugé, an attorney who served with Chicago Public Schools, and with the Office of the Public Guardian (Cook County). They have one son, Fred, and a Westie (dog lover shorthand for West Highland White Terrier).