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Amy Hancock

Director of Lawyer Development
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Amy Sladczyk Hancock serves as the Director of Lawyer Development for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. She plans, designs and implements all Attorney Professional Development, Training, Continuing Legal Education, Orientation, Integration and Mentoring programs and identifies associate concerns relating to development, compensation, quality-of-life, work and other employment-related issues. Working closely with firm leadership, Practice Group Coordinators and the firm’s Associates, Women’s Initiatives, Diversity and Recruiting Committees, Amy also acts as an "ombudsman" for Associates, raising associate-related issues with firm management and when necessary, acting as an anonymous communication link for them. She is also available to address issues for new attorneys as they make the transition from law student to law practitioner at the firm and integrate into the legal arena in general.

During law school at The University of Texas School of Law, Amy was elected to The Order of Barristers and was the Public Relations and Judging Director of the Board of Advocates, sat on the Career Services and Trial Advocacy Faculty-Selected Committees, was an elected member of the Student Bar Association, a national mock trial participant and winner, a Texas Law Fellowship recipient, and served as the Law Day Coordinator for the Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee.

Publications:

  • "New Associates Add Value on Day One," (pdf) Peer to Peer, The Quarterly Magazine of ILTA (December 2012)
  • "Leadership in Law Firms: Looking Forward, A Roundtable Discussion of Professional Development Consortium Members" Law Practice Today (September 2012)
  • "Why Attend the Annual Conference in Austin? It's as Simple as Your ABC's" NALP Bulletin (February 2012)
  • "New Year, New Ideas for Alumni Sites and Programs!" NALP Bulletin (January 2012)

Events:

  • “Stuff you Need to Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns,” Presented by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at The University of Houston Law Center (April 2015)
  • "Bringing Professional Development Together with Business Development," Legal Marketing Association, Texas Chapter (May 2014)
  • "It’s a Two-Way Street: Alumni Programs and the Value Proposition," NALP (April 2014)
  • "Beyond the Talking Head: How We Can Make CLE Presentations More Interactive," ACLEA (January 2014)
  • "How to Set Up or Enhance a Writing Program for Summer and Junior Associates," NALP (April 2013)
  • "Alternative Careers in the Law," Association of Women in Law at the University of Houston Law Center, (February 2013)
  • "Law Practice—Off the Beaten Path," The University of Houston Law Center, sponsored by the Association of Women in Law (February 2013)
  • "Personal Professional Development for Recruiting Professionals," Recruiter's Association of Dallas (September 2012)
  • "Alumni Programs 101: How to Start an Alumni Program at Your Law Firm," NALP (May 2012)
  • "Tips for Presenting a Strong Conference Proposal," NALP Annual Conference, Austin, Texas (April 2012)

About Amy:

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done (professionally or personally)?

Professionally, it’s probably agreeing to step into the Vice Chair role of the PDC!

Who would play you in the movie of your life?  

Reese Witherspoon - not b/c I think we look alike or anything like that, (I wish!) but because she seems to be a relatively down-to-earth, chatty, Southern gal, (like myself) and I tend to live by her credo: “If it’s not moving, monogram it!”

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?  

The power to save people’s lives - I guess that’s an overarching generic power, the life-saving one but that’s the one that I would want.

What’s your favorite family tradition?  

Anything and everything having to do with Christmas - it’s my favorite season/holiday time of the year!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? 

Be an ER/Trauma Surgeon... I’ve been told I have nerves of steel, under extraordinary amounts of pressure... and a personality assessment conducted at a PDC conference, (called the LIFO test) confirmed that, as well!  So I think I would’ve been well-suited for a high stress role like that if the law school/legal career thing hadn’t worked out.