Rebekah Gleason Hope focuses her practice around the needs of children with disabilities and their families, including special education, guardianships, special needs trusts, wills, probate, and general family law areas such as divorce, paternity, child support, parenting plans, alimony, and asset division.
Rebekah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, her Master of Arts from Columbia University, her Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School, and her Master of Law from Georgetown University Law Center. After a decade of teaching junior high school mainstream and special education students, she attended law school and practiced law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She focused her attention on the needs of children with disabilities, representing parents of children with disabilities, testifying at public hearings on the needs of children, submitting comments to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and participating in numerous panel discussions and presentations on the legal rights of parents of children with special needs.
After relocating to Jacksonville, Florida, Rebekah continued to advocate for the rights of children with special needs and to represent families in all aspects of family law matters while she was the director of the Family and Child Advocacy clinic at the Florida Coastal School of Law. During her tenure at the school she also taught classes in the areas of Education Law, Family Law, Trusts, Wills and Estates.
In law school, Rebekah was awarded the West Publishing Award in Family Law. In 2002 she was awarded the Frederick Abramson Award in Public Service, and in 2007 she was awarded the Jacksonville Woman Lawyer of the Year. She has published several articles in the area of special education and the public schools and continues to write on the intersection of family law and trusts and estate planning.
Rebekah has a history of involvement in legal and community organizations. She was the co-chair and founding member of the Special Education Attorney Roundtable in Washington, D.C., a board member of the Jacksonville chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, and a board member of the Florida branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is currently a member of the Jacksonville Bar subcommittee on the special needs of children, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Women’s Legal Association, the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and a former chair and current board member of the Northeast Florida Girls on the Run
She is admitted to practice law in Florida, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.