Rebekah Gleason Hope focuses her practice around family law such as family law mediation, divorce, paternity, child support, parenting plans, alimony, and asset division. She also focuses her attention and practice on children with disabilities and their families, including special education, guardianships, and special needs trusts. She drafts wills and advanced directives and probates estates as well.
She earned her Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree at Vassar College, her Master’s of Arts (MA) from Columbia University, her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from George Washington University Law School, and her Masters of Law (LL.M) 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, DC. She focused her attention on the needs of children with disabilities; representing parents of children with disabilities in MD and Washington, DC, testifying at public hearings on the needs of children, submitting comments to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and participating on numerous panel discussions and presentations on the legal rights of parents of children with special needs.
Upon relocating to Jacksonville, FL, she continued her advocacy of the rights of children with special needs and representing families in all aspects of family law matters while directing 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 she 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 special education.
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, DC, board member of the Jacksonville chapter of CHADD, member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, board member of the FL branch of the International Dyslexia Association, board member of Mainspring Academy, former chair and board member of the Northeast FL Girls on the Run, a member of the Host Committee Member of Florida’s Children First, and a board member of Mainspring Academy. She is currently the chair of the Jacksonville Bar subcommittee on the special needs of children, a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Jacksonville Women’s Legal Association, member of the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and board member of H.E.AL. (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives).
She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, and Florida, and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.