Elizabeth Kregor

Elizabeth Kregor

Lecturer in Law, Director of The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Kregor received her BA magna cum laude in comparative literature from Yale University. She attended law school at the University of Michigan, where she served as managing editor of the Michigan Law Review. After graduating, Ms. Kregor clerked for the Hon. Bruce M. Selya on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Ms. Kregor practiced law with Sidley Austin Brown & Wood for several years, with a focus on intellectual property litigation. In the fall of 2003, she joined the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship. As director, she leads initiatives to advise and advocate for low-income entrepreneurs in Chicago. She teams up with students to provide general counsel for courageous, catalytic, and creative small businesses. She also examines, exposes, and reforms the policies that affect lower-income entrepreneurs, and under her guidance, the IJ Clinic advises local lawmakers and drafts legislation to advance economic liberty.


The University of Michigan Law School

JD, magna cum laude, May 1999

  • Clarence Darrow Scholar - three-year, full-tuition merit scholarship
  • Certificate of Merit awards in torts and unjust enrichment courses
  • Order of the Coif
  • Staff and managing editor, Michigan Law Review

Yale University

BA, magna cum laude in comparative literature, May 1996

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Hajo Holborn Prize - for the best undergraduate essay on a topic in German public affairs
  • Bianca Maria Calabresi Prize - for the best Senior Essay in Comparative Literature


The University of Chicago Law School

Lecturer in Law and Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, 2003-present

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood

Associate, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY, 2000-2003

Hon. Bruce Selya, First Circuit Court of Appeals

Judicial Clerk, Providence, RI, 1999-2000

Professor Hanoch Dagan, Michigan Law School

Research Assistant, Ann Arbor, MI, 1998-1999

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Intern with the General Counsel, New York, NY, summer 1998

Journal Articles

  • "Food Trucks, Incremental Innovation, and Regulatory Ruts," 82 University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 1 (2015). cu
  • "Innovation and Inequality: Conservative and Libertarian Perspectives," 39 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 39 (2016). cu
  • "How Do You Formalize a Tamale?: How to Ease Street Vendors’ Transition out of the Shadow Economy," 7 UC Irvine Law Review 453 (2017). cu

Other Publications

  • "Is Chicago Really the City That Works?," Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2009, at p. 21.
  • "Chicago Entrepreneurs Reveal Holiday Wishes," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 23, 2011, at p. 5.
  • Space to Work: Opening Job Opportunities by Reducing Regulation, (Institute for Research on Labor and Employment). 2013). www
  • Regulatory Field: Home of Chicago Laws: Burdensome Laws Strike Out Chicago Entrepreneurs, (Institute for Justice City Study Series). 2010) (with Emily Satterthwaite). www
  • "Time for Chicago to Return the Love from Street Vendors," Crain's Chicago Business, January 3, 2020 (with Daryl James). www
  • "Opinion: Aldermen, give us a sign Chicago will be vibrant, not vacant," Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2021. www

Other Activities

  • Volunteer, Poetry Center of Chicago
  • Volunteer, Apollo Chorus of Chicago