IJ Clinic Assistant Director
Erika Harford is the assistant director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School. Erika supervises second- and third-year law students as they help Chicago-area lower income entrepreneurs navigate the legal challenges involved in starting and operating a small business, such as setting up a business organization, obtaining licenses, securing real estate, hiring workers, protecting intellectual property, and negotiating contracts with service providers and suppliers. Erika also co-teaches a seminar on entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School. The seminar prepares students for representing entrepreneurial clients—in the IJ Clinic and beyond—by exploring the unique role entrepreneurs play in our economy and legal system by exercising their freedom to pursue new ideas and opportunities.
Erika joined the Institute for Justice in September 2010. She graduated from Ohio University summa cum laude in 1995 and received her JD from Yale Law School in 2000. From 2000 to 2008, she practiced law with Sidley Austin LLP in the areas of corporate governance, business transactions, securities regulation and professional liability litigation. She also advised Chicago-area non-profit organizations on governance and organizational matters. Most recently, she worked in a start-up division of Bloomberg LP that develops law and compliance research products.
Erika is a member of the Illinois bar.