Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2015


Michelle Tarnelli to Attend AAAA/AAARTA Chicago Mid-Year Conference

Michelle A. Tarnelli, Esq., of MURDOCH HUGHES & TWAROG Attorneys at Law, P.C., will be attending the AAAA/AAARTA Mid-Year Conference “Coming Together to Address Family Building Challenges” in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

The ARTs fall conference will offer cutting edge CLE’s on: Health Insurance and the ACA; International Practice Issues; Same Sex Parentage Updates; Medical Advances in Assisted Reproduction, ART 101, and more.

The Conference, which focuses exclusively on assisted reproductive technology law, will offer multiple introductory and advanced sessions. Attorneys from across the country and abroad will be available to share knowledge and practical experience.

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Kurt M. Hughes to be Recognized at National Event in Washington, D.C.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy Honors Kurt M. Hughes as an Angel in Adoption™ To Be Recognized at National Event in Washington, D.C.

Burlington, Vermont – July 30, 2015 – Senator Patrick J. Leahy has selected Kurt M. Hughes, Esq., of MURDOCH HUGHES & TWAROG Attorneys at Law, P.C., as a 2015 Angels in Adoption™ awardee for his outstanding advocacy of adoption issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ Program, will honor Mr. Hughes at an awards ceremony on October 6 and gala on October 7 in Washington, D.C.

Kurt Hughes is being honored for his selfless service and tireless dedication to many deserving families of Vermont. He has helped large numbers of Vermont families in their process of adoption. He has also served pro bono in many cases before the court, especially in proceedings involving the termination of parental rights.  Kurt was one of the first Vermont lawyers to become a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a prestigious, invitation-only association of attorneys practicing in the field of adoption law. He is now known to many throughout Vermont as one of the most distinguished and trusted adoption attorneys. Kurt’s recognition of the true needs of families in their pursuit of adoption and his compassion for justice has certainly raised the bar for adoption attorneys. Kurt Hughes has long been recognized as one of Vermont’s most outstanding adoption attorneys, making him well-deserving of this honor.

The Angels in Adoption™ Program is CCAI’s signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. This year, more than 150 “Angels” are being honored through the Angels in Adoption™ program.

“The Angels in Adoption™ Program is a unique annual opportunity in the nation’s Capital to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the power of adoption and the unspoken heroes who have made the dream of a family a reality for children. Since the program’s inception, over 2,200 Angels have come to Washington to share their firsthand adoption experiences with Members of Congress, highlighting its joys, as well as the barriers encountered in the process,” said Becky Weichhand, Executive Director at CCAI. “Members of Congress are then able to use their new experiential understanding of these issues to create policy improvements that better support these children and the families that open their hearts and homes to them.”

In addition to the more than 150 Angels from around the country, National Angels in Adoption™  honorees will be recognized at the gala for their dedication and commitment nationally and internationally to child welfare on a grand scale. This year’s National Angels in Adoption™ honoree is singer Rachel Crow. Former National Angels include Korie and Willie Robertson, Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman, First Lady Laura Bush, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Muhammad Ali, the late Dave Thomas, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bruce Willis, Alonzo Mourning, Rhea Perlman and Kristin Chenoweth.

CCAI is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption.

CCAI was created in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption, one of Congress’ premiere caucuses. The goal of the caucus is to eliminate policy barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family and more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about adoption.

The Angels in Adoption™ Program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign, culminating in an extraordinary awards gala and celebration in Washington, D.C.

CCAI does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish this mission. For more information, visit or

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