Featured Lawtina: Amanda Hernandez

We are happy to see the accomplishments of our community members! Thank you for sharing your story and advice, Amanda! Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

Amanda I. Hernandez is a lawyer and an Associate Attorney at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC. She has jury-trial experience with misdemeanor, felony, and federal cases, and has been practicing alongside Donald H. Flanary, III., since her time as a law clerk at Goldstein, Goldstein, & Hilley. Previously, she worked for Law Office of Adam T. Froeschl, San Antonio, Texas as a legal assistant.

Amanda also joined the board of directors for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) in May of 2019 and currently serves as a board member for the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA). She is a zealous fighter in and out of court and has already been recognized by her peers as a “2018 Top Criminal Defense Lawyer” in SA Scene Magazine and SACDLA’s “2019 Young Lawyer of the Year.” She is also a 2017 graduate of the renowned Tim Evans Trial College, an intensive program run by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (TCDLA) in which new lawyers learn trial strategy from some of the best criminal attorneys in Texas.

Amanda was born in Nogales, Arizona, but moved to South Texas when she was 10-years-old after her father was re-stationed for his job with the United States Border Patrol. She earned her degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011 while working multiple jobs and went on to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating in May of 2016. During her time at St. Mary’s, she was accepted onto the Mock Trial Team where she learned the basics of what it means to be a trial lawyer and also clerked for the criminal defense firm Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley. After she obtained her license in the Fall of 2016 and Donald H. Flanary, III., started the Flanary Law Firm, PLLC, he quickly promoted her from being his long-time law clerk to the first associate attorney in his practice, where she remains today. When she’s not working, she spends her (limited) free time competing on a San Antonio Sports and Social League sand volleyball team.

Amanda practices criminal defense because she feels it is the best way to help people in her community. She understands that being charged with a criminal offense can be a scary, confusing process and is grateful for the opportunity to help people move past those hard times. She believes in the importance of treating people with respect and caring about them as people, not just as clients.

Amanda obtained her Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law, in San Antonio, Texas. She earned Honors in External Advocacy Mock Trial Team (2014 – 2015); St. Mary’s Renna and Jeff Embry Mock Trial Competition Finalist (2016); St. Mary’s Renna and Jeff Embry Mock Trial Competition Best Speaker Overall (2016).

Additionally, she earned the STARS Scholarship Recipient (2013 – 2015); Judge Lee H. Lytton, Jr., Scholarship Recipient (2013); and the St. Mary’s Dean’s Law General Scholarship Recipient (2013).

She had the opportunity to be a part of the Study Abroad program through the St. Mary’s Institute on China Law and Business, Beihang University, Beijing, China (June 2014.

Before law school, she earned her B.B.A. at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and majored in International Business with a Concentration in International Relations and was a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Recipient .

When asked what advice she would give fellow Latinx in the Law, she said:

“-Dream big and don't let anyone stand in your way of getting to where you want to be. Don't let people tell you not to try things that have never been done. That is how change happens.

-Life is about balance. Give it your all but don't forget to take care of yourself- mind, body and soul. Eat well, exercise, and do something fun when you can, don't hate yourself when you can't. Don't neglect your mental health.

-Be strong and forceful, but always be kind. You can be a strong, courageous woman and advocate without being a "bitch." Remember the golden rule and treat others the way you want to be treated, even when they're not returning the courtesy. Some people (including judges, other attorneys, or court staff) will be ugly to you for no reason. Be better than them, inside and outside of the courtroom.

-Find an attorney mentor as soon as you can. Shadow them, see how their daily life looks. Find someone who is willing to help you learn, never pass up an opportunity because you're afraid to ask for help.”