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Amy Houck Elco is a partner in the firm’s Education Law Practice Group and is based primarily in the Atlantic City office. Amy serves as the lead attorney for numerous New Jersey school clients. In this role, she guides school board members and school officials through the many and varied aspects of education law that impact schools on a daily basis.
Amy provides educators with continued support, training on new laws and requirements and developing policies and procedures together as a team. She equips school districts with effective, proactive measures to identify and resolve many potential issues before they reach litigation. Amy is always available to provide prompt assistance to school administrators and board members, one of the keys to her success. Amy was recently named to the New Jersey Super Lawyer’s Rising Star list in the area of school law.
Amy has authored articles for the New Jersey School Board Association’s Magazine School Leader, including “It Didn’t Happen In School…But Can We Discipline Anyway?” and "Navigating Special Education Rights During COVID-19." In addition, Amy co-authored an article entitled “Border Lines” regarding school residency issues, also for School Leader.
A frequent lecturer, Amy presents on a variety of school-related issues, including staff rights and responsibilities, student discipline, negotiations, harassment, intimidation and bullying, special education matters and board ethics. In November 2014, Amy was chosen as a ‘Best of New Jersey School Board Workshop 2014’ speaker for her presentation “Can They Say That?: Board Member, Employee and Public Comment Under the Open Public Meetings Act.”
Before joining Cooper Levenson, Amy worked at a small law firm in Cape May County where she specialized in zoning, planning and land use, as well as municipal law, construction, real estate and chancery practice. She served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Valerie H. Armstrong, Assignment Judge for Atlantic and Cape May Counties from 2002-2003. While clerking, Amy had the opportunity to be trained as a small claims mediator, and mediated cases on a monthly basis.
Amy is an Adjunct Professor, teaching school law, for the Graduate Program at Stockton University. She also is a faculty member for the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center at Stockton University. She teaches the school law leadership program, transgender rights, social media and harassment, intimidation and bullying seminars. Amy also teaches personnel and labor relations and negotiations for new business administrators for the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials program.
Community & Credentials
Amy has volunteered and provided pro bono work for area schools, education associations and other non-profit organizations. She is an active member in many civic and charitable organizations.
Amy is a graduate of Stockton University with a B.A. in Communications, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with a J.D. and a Certificate in Health Law.
While in law school Amy interned for Magee Women’s Hospital in the legal and HIPPA compliance offices. Amy helped conduct seminars for employees and develop policies and procedures for compliance and investigative regulation for the hospital. Amy has also interned at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Amy is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.