Amy Sladczyk Hancock

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Houston

600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.4552
F: +1.713.220.4285
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Amy Sladczyk Hancock

Director of Attorney Professional Development, Employment & Events

Houston Office
600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.4552
F: +1.713.220.4285

Amy’s 20-plus-year AMLaw 100 & 200 law firm career has spanned all areas of the attorney life cycle, including but not limited to: recruiting, orientation and integration, lawyer development (career counseling, utilization, work allocation, performance appraisals, partnership promotions, training, mentoring), and diversity initiatives. 

Here at Andrews Kurth Kenyon, she serves as the Director of Attorney Professional Development, Employment & Events and plans, designs and implements all 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-related issues. Working closely with firm leadership, Practice Group Coordinators and as a member of 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 and advocate for them. She is also available to address issues for new attorneys as they make the significant transition from law student to practitioner and integrate into the larger legal arena, in general.

In addition to her Attorney Professional Development work, Amy is also responsible for all firm-wide recruiting and attorney employment initiatives and oversees recruiting efforts that include recruiting on law school campuses as well as the lateral hiring of attorneys. She sits on and works closely with the firm’s Practice Expansion Committee, that is strategically charged with the identification and hiring of lateral attorney recruits. She has experience developing behavioral interviewing and other recruiting tools that have increased the successful hiring and retention of our firm’s attorneys and helped develop and implement a Lateral Hire Integration Program which aims to ease the organizational transitions lateral hires may experience when joining our firm from another law firm, after serving as a judicial clerk or being in the legal department at a company.

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 frequent featured speaker at local and international conferences on various attorney professional development 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).

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, 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.

Representative Experience

  • Previous Manager and Director of Attorney Professional Development at two international, AMLAW 100, Texas-based 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 based in Houston

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