Elizabeth L. Carter, 

Managing Attorney

Elizabeth is a social enterprise and community capital securities attorney with significant experience in business law, nonprofit law, urban planning, community development, and government relations and policy,  As Managing Attorney, she oversees the law practice and provides lead counsel on matters of the Firm. 


Elizabeth has provided legal representation to individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, and government agencies in various community economic development initiatives, including serving as General Counsel to a Black-owned limited-equity housing cooperative with over two hundred affordable housing units for seniors, and persons of low income; and acting as Special Counsel within the Department of Economic and Housing Development of the City of Newark where she provided lead counsel to an $8.1 million affordable housing cooperative project and authored the City's amended tax abatement ordinance which provides tax incentives for inclusionary development by women, racial minorities, and cooperatives.


Elizabeth also founded and served as Lead Counsel & Executive Director of the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center, Inc. (@ucelc), a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to create and support cooperative enterprises within marginalized communities in order to promote local sustainability. 

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2020

  • New Jersey, 2016

  • New York, 2016

Professional Affiliations:

  • Advisory Board Member, Seayway, A Division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union

  • Founder & Advisory Board Member, Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center, Inc.

  • Founding Member, Black Lawyers Economic Solidarity Network ("BLESN")

  • Fellow, Sustainable Economies Law Center 

  • Legal Innovator, Movement Law Lab

  • Professional Expert, Mayor Baraka’s 2018 Transition Team, Newark Forward: Inclusionary Development Committee

  • Fellow, Lead NJ

  • Legislative Raimondo Fellow, Eagleton Institute of Politics


  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey: J.D. 2015

  • Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Policy, New Brunswick, New Jersey: M.C.R.P. 2015

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan: B.A. with honors Afro-American and African Studies,    Political Science, and Philosophy 2011


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Chynnique Ross 

Law Clerk

Chynnique is currently a third-year law student at UIC John Marshall Law School where she is a member of the Black Law Students Association and has served as a Student Attorney for the IP Trademark Clinic. 


Chynnique has prior experience working as a Securities Law Clerk.  She hopes to focus her practice on business law and has a strong interest in community development law. Chynnique is a Chicago native and is looking forward to practicing in her hometown.

Ray Bola

Law Clerk

Ray Bola is a rising 3L currently attending Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ where he is a Student Attorney within the Community Transactional Legal Clinic. Ray is a Newark native who has the drive and ambition to assist in the development of businesses across different communities of color. Ray is a former Vice President of the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School in Newark where he engaged in bringing awareness to local issues and was an advocate for child literacy within Newark.


Ray also participated in water canvassing around the City of Newark in order to raise awareness to the City’s lead water issue. Furthermore, Ray was an intern at Essex-Newark Legal Services in the housing unit. Ray assisted individuals who were facing eviction for various reasons throughout Essex County. Ray has interests in securities laws, contract drafting and business formations.

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