Martha R. Hochberger
Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Hochberger is a Visiting Professor of Law at New York Law School and has been a member of the full-time faculty since September 2015. She currently teaches Legal Practice I and II and Advanced Legal Methods, and she co-teaches Introduction to the American Legal System. Legal Practice I and II and Advanced Legal Methods are first-year courses that introduce students to fundamental lawyering skills in the context of real-life problems. Before joining the full-time faculty, Professor Hochberger was an adjunct professor of law and taught Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Research (I and II), Drafting: General Principles, Persuasion, Advanced Legal Writing (which she developed), and Deposition Skills.
Professor Hochberger was an Assistant District Attorney for nine years, leaving that post as Chief Political Corruption Prosecutor. As an Assistant District Attorney, she argued numerous cases in the New York State Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State. She also investigated and tried many felony cases including high-profile organized crime and political corruption cases. Professor Hochberger was also an Inspector General and an Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Investigation. During her tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, Professor Hochberger was cross-designated as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. During her tenure as Assistant Commissioner at the Department of Investigation, she was cross-designated as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County. She later had her own practice as a criminal defense attorney. Professor Hochberger‘s teaching is informed by these real-life experiences, and she relies on them in class regularly.
Professor Hochberger spent a year authoring and editing the Fair Housing Coach. This monthly newsletter is aimed at non-lawyers such as landlords, property managers, and their staff, and its purpose is to educate and train them so they remain in compliance and avoid costly discrimination lawsuits. The publication covers state and local housing laws as well as federal law and any other law that intersects with fair housing. She also assists members of the media with legal insights about current trial procedures, and was recently interviewed by Roll Call about the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.
Professor Hochberger received the second-ever Adjunct Leadership Award from New York Law School. She is a member of The Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Academic Support Educators.
She is a graduate of Brooklyn College, CUNY (B.A. 1977, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. 1980).