Beth Kregor is the director of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship. Under Beth’s guidance, University of Chicago law students take their first steps into the practice of law by providing legal advice to lower- income entrepreneurs. Beth is passionate about her clients and her causes. She has advised restaurants, moving companies and baby-sitting agencies as they navigate regulatory mazes. She has counseled a creative character factory, a lawn care business and a carpenter on their most vital plans and contracts. She also has published a study and scholarship that have set the agenda for reform of licensing laws in Illinois. And she has become a prominent spokesperson for low-income entrepreneurs in City Hall, Springfield and beyond. She speaks for entrepreneurs who do not normally have a lobbyist working for them in the room—the poor and the yet-to-come. She has especially focused on street food, with a passion for good tamales and hardworking vendors. Don’t get her started!
Beth came to the IJ Clinic from the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, where she practiced for several years and specialized in intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Sidley, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Beth received her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999. During her time at Michigan, she served as managing editor of the Michigan Law Review and interned in the general counsel’s office of the Guggenheim Museum. As an undergraduate, Beth studied comparative literature at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude in 1996.
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.
Selecca Bulgar-Medina is a Policy Fellow for the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School. Selecca works closely with the IJ Clinic’s directors to support and guide the Clinic’s policy endeavors at the city and state level. She contributes to grassroots strategy development, interfaces with elected officials, and conducts policy research to advance the Clinic’s advocacy efforts on behalf of low-income entrepreneurs. Selecca is passionate about policy and advocacy work that results in positive change for everyday people – especially advocacy efforts that foster economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Prior to joining the Clinic, Selecca spent four years as a public policy specialist with the Locke Lord Public Policy Group, a Boston-based subsidiary of Locke Lord LLP. In that role, she assisted with the development of comprehensive Massachusetts legislative and policy strategies and worked on a broad spectrum of policy areas which included health care, food security, energy and environmental issues. Selecca received her master’s degree in political science from Northeastern University in 2013. As an undergraduate, she studied political science and sociology, also at Northeastern University, graduating cum laude in 2007.
Selecca hails from Massachusetts and now resides in Illinois, where she enjoys spending time by Lake Michigan and is gradually getting used to rooting for the Chicago Bulls.
Office and Community Relations Manager
Erik Castelan serves as the Operations and Community Relations Manager at the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School. Erik joined the IJ Clinic in June 2019 and leads the IJ Clinic’s efforts to work with community stakeholders and government officials to advocate for the rights of low-income entrepreneurs. He also coordinates and supports the IJ Clinic’s workshops, day-to-day activities, and annual South Side Pitch competition.
Before joining the IJ Clinic, Erik was an intern for a Cook County Commissioner and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and specialized in Urban Planning.