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.
Office and Community Relations Manager
Stacy Massey is the Office and Community Relations Manager at the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School, a nonprofit that works to promote and protect entrepreneurship in Chicago. Stacy leads the IJ Clinic’s efforts to engage government officials, community members, and strategic partners in order to open opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs. She also coordinates the IJ Clinic’s conferences and trainings for aspiring entrepreneurs, including South Side Pitch, a pitch competition aimed at highlighting innovation on the South Side; and Recipe for Success, an annual conference for food startups.
Stacy studied journalism and women’s studies at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is the daughter of small business owners and is passionate about eliminating barriers to entrepreneurship.