About the Principal
Lawyer of Main Street
New York, 2016
New Jersey, 2016
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
Carter, E. (2015) “Community Planning, Sharing Law, and the Creation of In tentional
Communities: Promoting Alternative Economies and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Among Low-Income Communities.” ClassCrits VII Symposium, 44 Sw. L. Rev
Founder and CEO, The Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center
Professional, Newark Forward: Inclusionary Development Committee
Legal Innovators Fellow, Movement Law Lab
Fellow, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Legislative Raimondo Fellow, Eagleton Institute of Politics
Elizabeth attended the University of Michigan and studied political science, philosophy, and
African-American studies. She applied this study to her senior honors thesis,
published in the University of Michigan Deep Blue archive, where she measured
agency and criminal responsibility among African-Americans and shedded light on the
importance of community development in urban communities. This later influenced her graduate study where she attended Rutgers University to study law and urban planning. She considers both fields of study as creative tools for empowering disadvantaged communities, especially in urban areas.
Elizabeth started her entrepreneurial endeavors when she founded the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center, Inc., a multi-disciplinary nonprofit organization that creates and supports cooperative enterprises within marginalized communities in order to promote local sustainability. She has assisted the nonprofit with legal support, board and organizational development, program development, and fundraising. She successfully applied for and was awarded a Legal Innovators grant from Movement Law Lab to support the nonprofit’s community engagement program. Since then, this program has expanded its reach and impact in the Newark/Trenton, NJ community.
Her entrepreneurial pursuits continued with the founding of the Law Office of Elizabeth L. Carter. Here, she assists other entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, nonprofits, and creatives to make positive changes within their communities through various business and real estate ventures, such as assisting a group of investors with creating a business entity in order to form a real estate development company or assisting a group of artists with an interest in purchasing or leasing real property for creative space; or helping a promising musician with an interest in pairing her artistic dreams with her business goals.
Prior to launching the Firm, she served as Legislative Aide to a State Assemblywoman where she served the assisted in constituent services and legislative support. Later, she became Assistant Legislative Director and Special Counsel within the Economic and Housing Development Department of the City of Newark where she reviewed and drafted legislation and contracts in the areas of redevelopment, municipal land use, and municipal finance. More notably, Elizabeth assisted in the policy development, legal support, and drafting of the City of Newark’s Amended Tax Abatement Ordinance in order to promote more inclusive and sustainable development. She also spearheaded special projects on behalf of the administration, including the project development of the City’s Artist Housing Cooperative “505 Clinton Ave."
Lastly, Elizabeth is the recipient of numerous fellowships in the law, public interest, and politics, including her most recent appointment to the City of Newark's Mayoral 2018 transitioning team "Newark Forward: Inclusionary Development Committee" as one of the select few to help guide the City's development goals.