Amy Hutchens is Founder and President of CLEAResources, LLC. Most recently, Amy served as General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services at Watermark, LLC. Previously, Amy was a Special Assistant United States Attorney and an Air Force Judge Advocate, attaining the rank of Major, before beginning her civilian career as in-house employment law and compliance counsel to a large and diverse government contractor. Amy has a passion for helping organizations do right by their shareholders, employees, clients, customers and communities, and by doing so, mitigates the business risks associated with ethical and compliance failures.
Amy has federal criminal and civil litigation experience, as well as extensive experience advising executive management on personnel and compliance and ethics matters. She has worked with companies large and small, privately held and publicly held, in the commercial and federal contractor sectors, to help them develop and mature the compliance and ethics infrastructure required by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She has developed, implemented, audited and managed all aspects of compliance and ethics programs including assessing risk, drafting internal policies, training employees at all levels, developing employee codes of conduct, and establishing monitoring and investigative protocols to maximize value and effectiveness in compliance and ethics programs.
Amy has presented and authored widely on compliance and ethics topics. Her recent publications include: “Wearing Two Hats: the Dual Roles of In-House Counsel and Compliance Officer” published in the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket and National Contract Management Association’s Contract Management magazine, “Should In-House Counsel be Navigating the Choppy Waters of Compliance?” published by the American Bar Association Business Law Section, and “The Role of Incentives in Compliance and Ethics Program Effectiveness” published by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She has devised a creative method of enabling her clients to monitor changing risks and take appropriate action to mitigate them as the business develops and risks shift by managing a compliance and ethics program with one comprehensive yet simple spreadsheet.
Amy is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She holds a law license in Virginia, the District of Columbia and the state of Tennessee. Ms. Hutchens is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is also certified by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics as a Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).