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.
Prior to joining the clinical faculty as the Assistant Director of The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, Catherine was a Partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and a founding partner of the firm’s Chicago office.
Catherine holds a J.D. (cum laude) from Tulane University School of Law, in New Orleans, LA and a B.S. in Business and French from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. She also studied abroad at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. She is admitted to the bar in Illinois and to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
As Assistant Director, she instructs and guides the law students on providing strategic transactional advice to entrepreneurial clients of the clinic on a broad range of issues including business planning, entity structure, governance, finance, real estate, employment, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and transactions. She teaches a seminar on Entrepreneurship and the Law. Catherine also participates in legislative advocacy efforts at the city, state, and federal level to support lower-income entrepreneurs as they build businesses and neighborhoods.
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.
Noah Bazis has spent the last decade serving poor and working people in Chicago, driven by his belief that self-actualization is a fundamental human right. He has worked with organizations, from Greenpeace to Groupon, in environmental justice, workforce development, corporate social responsibility, and financial capability. Noah proudly served two years with AmeriCorps, working to strengthen communities on Chicago’s South Side in Bronzeville and South Shore. Noah comes to IJ from Ladder Up, a no-cost volunteer tax preparation service for working families, where he managed the nation’s sixth-largest volunteer workforce of its kind. Noah holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.