Elizabeth L. Carter,

Managing Attorney

Elizabeth is a crowdfunding securities attorney who represents startups, small businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, and other social enterprises with the legal strategy and compliance of raising capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors. She currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the Advisory Boards of Seaway, A Division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union; National Public Housing Museum; and the Lawndale Christian Community Development Corporation of Chicago.

 

Prior, 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 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

 

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey: Juris Doctorate (2015)

  • Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Policy, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Masters in City and Regional Planning (2015)

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

Publications

OUR TEAM

CHYNNIQUE ROSS
Law Clerk
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Chynnique is a third year law student at UIC John Marshall Law School where she is a member of the Black Law Students Association and the Professional Chair of the Corporate Law Society. She is also a Research Assistant to Professor Renee Hatcher where she is addressing how race and a hegemonic Western worldview in U.S corporate law shape and limit institution-building. Chynnique is interested in practicing both business and community development law.

At the Firm, she will continue her research and writing on Black women entrepreneurs and barriers to raising capital, as well assisting with client engagement.

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.

CYMONE FORD
Law Clerk
Winter 2021

Cymone is a second-year law student at UIC John Marshall Law School where she is a Student Attorney for the Community Enterprise & Solidarity Clinic. She is the current president of the Corporate Law Society and a member of the Black Law Students Association. Cymone is passionate about minority representation within the legal industry as well as in business. She will be assisting the Firm with a number of projects, including assisting one of our cooperative clients with its formation and building out our securities legal library.

Cymone has prior experience working in-house for a global snacking company where she was exposed to mergers and acquisitions, trademark, antitrust, and securities law. She also has experience as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Diane Shelley at Cook County in the commercial litigation calendar. Cymone is currently on the board of Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Professionals’ Council where she fundraises and brings awareness to issues that the Center prioritizes. Cymone would like to focus her practice on business law.

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