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March 18, 2021

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Women’s History Month: Mary Hoch

Meet Mary Hoch, Program Administrator for the Special Programs Unit at the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office where she has worked since November 1998 when she began as a secretary. 

She stated her greatest accomplishments in life, so far, are that she was happily married for 30 years and with her late husband, Scott, raised two amazing children. In her career at the DA’s office she has been a supervisor for over 15 years. She has trained many trial secretaries and was an assistant to numerous attorneys throughout the years. Mary has drafted thousands of documents and made the accuracy and integrity of the data in CMS (Case Management System) a goal to be attained before she retires. In all the years she has been with the DA’s office she has had an Exceeds Expectations review on every yearly performance evaluation. Along with her co-supervisor, she currently manages and works alongside the Special Projects Unit Team which carry out many tasks, including prepping and scanning case files, updating and maintaining the CMS system and handling any special tasks assigned to them. Here is what she had to say about her experience as a woman and what Women’s History Month means to her.

Why Is Women’s history month important to you?

I believe that women should be recognized for their contributions to society not only during Women’s History Month, but on a daily basis.

What women do you draw inspiration from?

Many women in my life have inspired me – my mother who raised 10 children who have all become productive members of society, my four sisters who are unique and talented, and my daughter who is beautiful inside and out. All of these women remind me of where I came from and where I am now. I have also had the privilege of working with and being friends with many women in the DA’s office. These women have all shared their knowledge and expertise with me and have enabled me to be an important asset to the daily workings of the office.

What does it mean to be a woman in law?

When I first came to the DA’s office I had no understanding of the workings of the law and all that it entails. Through my work at the DA’s office, which includes the support from mentors around the office, I have had the opportunity to be instrumental in bringing justice for victims throughout Albuquerque.

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