After graduating from the Florida State University College of Law, Ms. Eckert began her career in indigent defense at the Office of the Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. In 2004, Ms. Eckert moved to Ft. Lauderdale to work for the Office of the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel where she represented death-sentenced inmates in their postconviction litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also conducted numerous evidentiary hearings mostly involving claims of ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to present mitigation as well as hearings involving intellectual disability as a bar to execution. Ms. Eckert has served as a member and Vice-Chair on the Criminal Law Certification Committee and Criminal Rules Committee. In 2017, the Broward County Chapter of the ACLU presented her with the Profile in Courage Award for her work in juvenile justice.
Ms. Eckert has conducted trainings throughout the State on the legal application of advances in adolescent brain science and the investigation and preparation for resentencing and review hearings on behalf of juveniles who had been condemned to die in prison. She has also participated in or submitted amicus briefs on behalf of the Florida Resentencing and Review Project regarding juvenile issues. Ms. Eckert currently works part-time for FIU College of Law and has her own criminal law firm in Orlando, Florida.
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