After obtaining a Master’s degree and enjoying a career in social service, Hope Eckert pursued her life-long dream and attended law school at the University of New Mexico, graduating in 2000 summa cum laude. She is licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico, the U.S. District Court for New Mexico, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Ethics Advisory Committee. She represents clients in several areas including civil rights, tort claims, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, business litigation and civil and criminal appeals. Hope also provides research and writing services to other members of the bar. Most recently, Hope has been professionally trained as a mediator, has been mediating cases for the Bernalillo Metropolitan Court Mediation Program, is a contract Settlement Facilitator for the Second Judicial District’s Foreclosure Settlement Program, and has started Creative Mediations.
During her career Hope has practiced in many areas, including federal criminal defense, plaintiff’s civil rights, employment law and civil defense. Hope often served as both an adjunct and Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, teaching classes including Pretrial Practice and Clinic, as well as developing and running the DWI/DV Prosecution in Practice Program. In addition, Hope helped to develop the Criminal Justice curriculum for Colorado Sate University Global Campus.
Hope has had several articles published including:
• Teach This Class!, Faulkner Law Review, 95-107 (2011)
• The Case for Pretrial Practice’s Inclusion in All Law School Curricula, American Bar Association, Legal Education Division, The Syllabus (Volume 42, Issue 2, March 2011)
• The First Amendment in Cyberspace: No Place for Analogies, 1 PGH. J. TECH. L. & POL’Y. 2 (March 17, 2000)