Our Team

Amy Sladczyk Hancock

Principal Staff

Phone: (713) 337-5584

Fax: (713) 337-8850

Email: amy.hancock@mhllp.com

Office Location: Houston


Amy Hancock is the firm’s Director of Legal Talent and HR. Amy’s 20-plus-year AMLaw 100 law firm career has been focused on recruiting and maximizing the development and value of the talent capital of her firm’s attorneys and has spanned all areas of an attorney’s career progression and life cycle, including but not limited to: recruiting, orientation and integration, training, lawyer mentoring, development and retention (career counseling, work allocation/utilization, performance appraisals/evaluations, promotion-to-partnership), pro bono, alumni engagement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a nationally-known public speaker, author and leader in the Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development industry.

Working strategically with firm leadership, she is responsible for the recruitment, development, retention and overall talent management of the attorneys and service professionals at the firm. Amy plans, designs, and implements training, continuing legal education, orientation, integration, mentoring, and career counseling programs for our attorneys and identifies associate-attorney concerns relating to development, compensation, quality-of-life, work, and other employment (and human resource)-related issues. In her attorney coaching and counseling role she assists the firm’s attorneys by serving as somewhat of an ombuds person and trusted, interpersonal, communication link between law firm leadership and the firm’s non-partner attorneys.

In addition to her Attorney Professional Development work, Amy is also responsible for attorney employment, diversity, and alumni initiatives and oversees recruiting efforts that include recruiting on law school campuses as well as the strategic identification and hiring of lateral attorneys. She has experience tying recruiting evaluation tools to the evaluation tools utilized by firm attorneys in annual evaluation processes, developing behavioral interviewing tools that have increased the successful hiring and retention of attorneys and developing and administering successful summer associate programs. She has also developed and implemented a Lateral Hire Integration Program (which aims to ease the organizational transitions lateral practitioners may experience when joining a firm from another law firm, after serving as a judicial clerk, or being in the legal department at a business or company) and an Implicit Bias Training Program (which included an extensive review of recruiting and attorney evaluation processes to mitigate for implicit biases found within each and to implement bias “interrupters” to better control how bias is acted upon in the workplace).

Amy is also the co-founder/developer and faculty-speaker for several professional development curriculums and other training programs designed to ensure law students are taught business and other professional development skills to successfully distinguish them in the legal marketplace. She delivers these programs to law students on many of the firm’s talent-pipeline, feeder recruiting campuses such as The University of Texas School of Law (she co-developed the inaugural “Prepared-to-Practice” Institute), The University of Houston Law Center (she co-developed the mandatory “Passport to Success” program for 1L students), and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (where she was a faculty speaker for their Career Foundations & Professional Development – Professionalism Summit and participated in their “OCI Bootcamp” informational panel). She is also an Adjunct Professor for the Legal Externship Program at The University of Houston Law Center, which allows students to experience and reflect upon the law-in-practice through field placements with the judiciary, nonprofit institutions and government agencies that provide substantial lawyering experiences that are reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client (or engaging in other lawyering tasks).

She holds a B.A. with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. She is a published author and frequently featured speaker at local, national, and international conferences on various attorney professional development and recruiting topics and has served as a board member and Chair of the preeminent, international attorney professional development organization, The Professional Development Consortium, (www.pdclegal.org), an organization which currently has over 750 members who are charged with leading attorney recruiting and development initiatives in law firms, law schools, and other professional service firms.

During law school, 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, was a national mock trial participant and winner, was a Texas Law Fellowship recipient, and served as the Law Day Coordinator for the Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee.


REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Adjunct Professor for the Legal Externship Program, The University of Houston Law Center
  • Previous Manager and Director of Attorney Professional Development at three international, AMLAW 100, law firms
  • Director of Admissions and Career Counselor/Placement Coordinator at The University of Texas School of Law
  • Associate Director of Attorney Recruiting for a national legal placement firm

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Professional Development Consortium ‘PDC’ – Immediate Past Chair (2019-2017), Chair (2015-2017), Nominating Committee Chair & Member (2019, 2018, 2013 & 2010), Growth and Revenue Committee Member (2012-present), Strategic Planning Committee Member (2010), Board Member Elect (2006-2010), 1st Term (2006-2008) and 2nd Term (2008-2010); Speaker/Presenter; Member of the PDC Conferences Planning Committees (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018); PDI Planning Committee Member (2017, 2009 & 2004); Liaison to the NALP Board (2008-2010);
  • The Association for Legal Career Professionals ‘NALP’ – Developing the Professional Lawyer Work Group, Member (current), Vice-Chair of Annual Conference Planning Committees (2012 and 2002), Employee Member-elect for the Southwest Region, Nominating Committee and President’s Leadership Taskforce (2009-2010), Board of Directors (2008-2009), Awards of Distinction Committee (2008), Chair (2004-2005), Vice-Chair (2001-2003): Lawyer Development Committee, Frequent Speaker/Presenter, Bulletin Articles Contributor;
  • The University of Texas School of Law’s Alumni Association – Inaugural Houston Steering Committee Member (2013-present) and permanent Class of 1997 Co-Chair;
  • Dress for Success Houston: Recipient of the “Best New Charity” Award (2014), Inaugural Co-Chair of Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason Charity Team (2013-2014), Advisory Board Member (2013-present), The Women of Wardrobe Steering Committee Founding Member, President of the Executive Board (2004-2005), Young Professional’s Auxiliary Branch supporting Dress for Success Houston;
  • The Fullbridge Advisory Board for Law (2015);
  • Emerging Women Leaders, Greater Houston Partnership Member (2008-present);
  • Professional Development Institute – Frequent Speaker/Presenter, Planning Committee Member (2004 and 2009, 2017);
  • Texas Professional Development Group – Founding Member and Co-Leader (2006-present);
  • Houston Bar Association;
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association;
  • Texas Bar Association;
  • American Law Institute/American Bar Association;
  • Association of Continuing Legal Education of America;
  • Association for Talent and Development (ATD);
  • Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) and National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL);
  • Society of Human Resource Management;
  • St. Francis Episcopal School, Houston, Texas – Art a La Carte parent docent (2019);
  • Cathedral House Episcopal School, Houston, Texas – Parent Teacher Organization’s Special Events Coordinator-elect (2014-2017);
  • The Junior League of Houston – Active Member (1999-2009), Sustaining Member (2009-present);
  • Placements have included: Charity Ball Decorating Committee – Memorial Hermann Hospital (Emergency & Critical Care Waiting Room Advocate); LBJ Hospital (Bedside Educator); AIDS Foundation Houston (Camp Hug Counselor);
  • The Texas Ex’s, Houston Chapter and Lifetime Member;
  • United Way Young Leader (2008-2018)

OTHER

  • Marathon Participant (Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, San Diego, California) – Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma Society of America, 2000
  • Mission Russia Outreach – Orphanage visits in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2001

NEWS

  • Quoted in “Strategies for Creating Effective Training Programs for Today’s Law Firm,” Legal Management, April 18, 2018
  • Andrews Kurth Kenyon Partners with Fullbridge Business Training for New Attorney Professional Development, September 22, 2016
  • Quoted in “5 Things You Should Never Put in a Client Email,” Law360, May 10, 2016
  • Quoted in “5 Reasons You’ll Never Make Equity Partner,” Law360, December 8, 2015
  • Andrews Kurth Helps Houston Law School with Career Development Program, October 7, 2015
  • Andrews Kurth Continues Focus on Client Service Through the Fullbridge Business Training Program, September 10, 2015
  • Amy S. Hancock, Director of Professional Development at Andrews Kurth has been Elected Chair of the Professional Development Consortium, July 30, 2015
  • Amy S. Hancock, JD Appointed to The Fullbridge Advisory Board for Law, April 6, 2015
  • Quoted in “Tailored Training: Five Professional Development Tips for Each Attorney Stage,” Legal Management, The Magazine of the Association of Legal Administrators, January 2015
  • Quoted in “5 Innovative Associate Training Programs,” Law360, November 7, 2014
  • Andrews Kurth Teams with Innovative Fullbridge Program for Rigorous Business Training for First-Year Lawyers, September 9, 2014
  • Quoted in “Building and Sustaining a Business Development Culture,” Law Practice Magazine (November/December, 2013)
  • Andrews Kurth Partners with The Fullbridge Program for a Second Year of Professional Development, September 11, 2013
  • Quoted in “5 Tips For Thriving At Your Law Firm Retreat,” Law360, May 2, 2013

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/EVENTS

  • The University of Houston Law Center’s Passport-to-Success Program for 1L’s, April, 2019
  • Recruiting & Development Chiefs and Directors Panel: Taking Your Career to the Next Level, Panel Presentation Hosted by the Houston Area Legal Recruiter’s Association (HALRA), February, 2019
  • Passport to Success: Professional Development Series, How to Create and Market a Strong Personal Brand Based on Prior Work Experience, Practice Area Interests, and Targeted Legal Employers to Land the Legal Job You Want, January, 2019
  • “Charting the Course & Communicating Where You Are Going. Professional Communications with the Legal Community: How you master the technique!” The University of Houston Law Center’s Passport-to-Success Session II Program for 1L’s, October, 2018
  • SMU’s Dedman School of Law’s “OCI Bootcamp: The Initial Screening Interview Basics – First Impressions Count & Callback Interview – The Office Visit”, August, 2018
  • Feedback and Why It Matters, Professional Development Consortium Summer Conference, July, 2018
  • Preparing Students to Practice: Cutting Edge Professional Development Curriculums, NALP Annual Conference, April 2018
  • X Marks the Spot: You’ve Landed! How to Have a Successful Summer, The University of Houston Law Center’s Passport-to-Success Program for 1L’s, April, 2018
  • Professional Networking and Mastering the Art of Networking a Room, Career Foundations & Professional Development – Professionalism Summit 2018, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, January, 2018
  • Networking – How All Attorneys Navigate Uncharted Career Territory/Networking Skills, The University of Houston Law Center’s Passport-to-Success Orientation Program for 1L’s, August, 2017
  • We Hear You Want Practice-Ready Attorneys, But Are You Ready To Help Law Schools Put That Into Practice?, Professional Development Consortium’s Summer Conference, July, 2017
  • You’ve Landed: X Marks the Spot. Making the Most of Your Dream Destination. Keys to Succeeding at Your First Legal Job, Session IV of Passport-to-Success Professional Development Program for 1L’s at the University of Houston Law Center, April, 2017
  • Associate and Partner Orientation and Integration, NALP Newer Professionals’ Forum, March 4, 2017
  • Management Foundations Programs: Management Foundations for Lawyer PD Professionals, NALP Newer Professionals’ Forum, March 3, 2017
  • Creating Your Unique Value Proposition for the New Lawyer, Houston Bar Association’s 2017 New Lawyer CLE and Networking Happy Hour, January 26, 2017
  • Seminar I: Foundations of Client Development – Professional Networking and Mastering the Art of Networking a Room, Dedman School of Law Southern Methodist University’s: Spring Semester CFPD Kick-off: Professional Networking & Meet the Firms Night, January 11, 2017
  • Networking – How All Attorneys Navigate Unchartered Career Territory, Session I of the Passport to Success Program at the University of Houston Law Center, September, 2016
  • Client-Centric Advocates, Professional Development Consortium’s Annual Conference, July, 2016
  • You’ve Landed: X Marks the Spot. Making the Most of Your Dream Destination. Keys to Succeeding at Your First Legal Job, Session VI of Passport-to-Success Professional Development Program for 1L’s at the University of Houston Law Center, April, 2016
  • PDC Talk: My LIFO Profile: A Checklist For Success, Professional Development Consortium’s Winter Meeting, December 2015
  • Client-Centric Advocates: Transforming Lawyers Into Trusted Business Advisors, NALP/PDC/ALI-ABA’s Professional Development Institute, December, 2015
  • Effective Networking – How All Attorneys Navigate Uncharted Career Territory, Session I of Passport to Success Professional Development for 1L’s University of Houston Law Center, September, 2015
  • A Premier Law School and Big Law Firm Work Together to Fill the Gap of Law Student Professional Development Education & Training, (co-presented with Allison Hickey Regan, Manager of Attorney Development at Bracewell LLP and former Assistant Dean of Career Development Office, University of Houston Law Center), Professional Development Consortium’s Annual Conference, July, 2015
  • 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 Annual Conference, Seattle, 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 Annual Conference, Tampa, 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 (“RADS,”), 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
  • “A Lattice, Not a Ladder,” Texas Women Lawyers 2011 Annual CLE, March, 2011
  • “An Overview of P.D.,” Houston Area Legal Recruiter’s Association (“HALRA,”) January, 2011
  • “The Value of P.D. in Recruiting,” HALRA, November, 2010
  • “Integrating New Lawyers: How Deferrals are Changing the Landscape,” Professional Development Institute, Washington, D.C., December, 2009
  • “Keys to Being a Successful Summer Associate” (part of the “What I Wish I Knew” Series), Fordham Law School, NYC, NY, March, 2008
  • “Using PD Data and Successes to Enhance Your Visibility and Credibility,” NALP/ALI-ABA’s Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC, December, 2007
  • “Professional Development – Where Do You Fit in Your Professional Development Program?” International Legal Technology Association ‘ILTA,’ Annual Conferences (Orlando, August 2007 & Dallas, August 2008)
  • “Let’s Keep in Touch: Successfully Managing an Employer Alumni Program,” NALP Annual Conference, Keystone, Colorado, April, 2007
  • “Best Practices Forum Panel: Working behind the Scenes to Achieve Your Professional Development Agenda,” Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC, December, 2006
  • “It Takes a Village: Professional Development Marketing as a Firm-wide Project,” Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC, December, 2005
  • “Business Professional Etiquette 101,” The University of Texas School of Law , Austin, Texas, September, 2005
  • “Taking Responsibility for Your Own Professional Career Development,” Council on Legal Education Opportunity ‘CLEO’/ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, 2005 Mid-Summer Professional Development Seminar, Detroit. Michigan, June, 2005
  • “What Law Firms Can Do to Help Associates Take Control of Their Careers,” NALP Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2005
  • “PD 101 – How to Jumpstart Your PD Program,” NALP Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2005
  • “The Building Blocks for Curriculum Development,” Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC, December, 2004
  • “Networking Your Way to a Job,” The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, October, 2002
  • “What Is Professional Development and Why Do Attorneys Need It?” NALP End-of-Season-Series, Dallas, Texas, Spring, 2002
  • “Ace Your Interview,” The University of Texas School of Law, January, 2002
  • “Strategic Networking – How to Land Your First Legal Job,” The University of Texas School of Law, Spring, 1997

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author, “Chair’s Note: Benefits of Membership in the PDC,” The PDC’s Linkletter (Vol. 4, Issue 4), Spring 2017
  • Author, Chair’s Note: Our Enhanced Membership Community, The PDC’s Linkletter (Vol. 4, Issue 4), Spring 2016
  • Author, Chair’s Note: 2016 Year In Review, The PDC’s Linkletter (Vol. 4, Issue 3), Fall 2016
  • Author, Chair’s Note: Spring Into Renewing Your Own Career Focus and Passion – Let the PDC Help You With Those Efforts!, The PDC’s Linkletter ( Vol. 4, Issue 1), Spring 2016
  • Author, “Chair’s Note: 25 Things to be Thankful for over 25 Years,” The PDC’s Linkletter (Vol. 3, Issue 3), Winter 2015
  • Author, “Chair’s Note: New Initiatives in Store for the PDC,” The PDC’s Linkletter (Vol. 3, Issue 2), Fall 2015
  • Author, “Local Group Spotlight: Texas,” The PDC’s Linkletter (Vol. 3, Issue 2), Spring 2015
  • Author, “New Associates Add Value on Day One,” (pdf) Peer to Peer, The Quarterly Magazine of ILTA (December 2012)
  • Author, “Leadership in Law Firms: Looking Forward, A Roundtable Discussion of Professional Development Consortium Members” Law Practice Today (September 2012)
  • Author, “Why Attend the Annual Conference in Austin? It’s as Simple as Your ABC’s” NALP Bulletin (February 2012)
  • Author, “New Year, New Ideas for Alumni Sites and Programs!” NALP Bulletin (January 2012)
  • Author, “Exploring Legal Education and Lawyer Training – Hope and Change Emerge Amid a Profoundly Altered Landscape” (pdf) NALP Bulletin (February 2011)
  • Author, “PD Vital to the New Way Forward: Insights from Five Managing Partners” (pdf) NALP Bulletin (February 2010)
  • Author, “What’s Keeping Managing Partners Up at Night? Five Managing Partners to Respond at PDI” (pdf) NALP Bulletin (October 2009)
  • Author, “Pleading the Case for Working Together” Peer to Peer, The Quarterly Magazine of ILTA (September 2009)
  • Author, “Professional Development Programs As Formidable Recruiting and Retention Tools” Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report (2007)
  • Author, “Strategic Management – How to Advance Your Professional Development Career” The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) Bulletin (2007)
  • Author, “Becoming an Expert in the PD Profession” The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) Bulletin (2006)
  • Author, “Taking the Lead in Professional Development in Your Firm” American Bar Association: Best Practices in Attorney Professional Development, Heading Off and Handling Wrong Turns (2004)
  • Author, “What Firms Can Do To Help Associates Take Responsibility For Their Careers” The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) Bulletin (2004)

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas

EDUCATION

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1994