Amy Hermalik is the Assistant Director of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship. As Assistant Director of the IJ Clinic, Amy helps University of Chicago law students as they take their first steps into the practice of law— providing legal advice, under her supervision, to low-income entrepreneurs. She also provides general corporate counsel to the IJ Clinic’s clients, helping them navigate the complexities of legal and regulatory environments. Additionally, Amy teaches a class on entrepreneurship at the law school and advocates at the city and state level for entrepreneurs who are not usually well-represented in the political space when decisions are made—the poor and the yet-to-come. She is passionate about creating economic opportunity in low-income communities, making sure everyone has a real chance to achieve the American Dream, evening the playing field of access to legal representation, and ensuring good, efficient, effective government.
Amy came to the IJ Clinic from the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she practiced for four years and specialized in complex corporate transactions, with a focus on capital market offerings and private equity mergers and acquisitions. Amy received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 2011, with honors. During her time at the law school, she served as a comment editor of the Legal Forum and interned at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.. Prior to law school, Amy was a seventh grade world history and English teacher in south Los Angeles. While teaching, she received her M.Ed from the University of California Los Angeles and was a recipient of the Symantec Award for Innovation in Education. As an undergraduate, she studied political science and sociology at the University of Arizona, graduating cum laude, with honors.