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As a partner in the firm's Education Law Practice Group, Amy L. Houck Elco understands the maze of legal issues impacting the education world. She serves school boards and school officials on every aspect of Education Law.
Amy is presently the lead attorney for numerous schools and school districts in New Jersey. By providing 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.
A frequent lecturer, Amy presents on a variety of school-related issues, including staff rights and responsibilities, student discipline, harassment, intimidation and bullying, special education matters and board ethics.
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 Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership Graduate Program at Stockton University. She also is a faculty member for the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center at Stockton University where she teaches a variety of leadership programs including school law, social media in schools, student and staff rights, and special education.
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 the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now 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.