Board of Directors
Nicole D. Nelson
Nicole D. Nelson is the director and founder of Equity Legal Services, Inc. Nicole has practiced law for nearly a decade, spending most of her career concentrated on criminal and civil litigation matters. Early in her career, Nicole spent her time in private practice in Springfield, Illinois dividing her time between family law, criminal defense, and civil matters.
Years later, she moved with her family to the Metro East area and accepted a position with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the Sexually Violent Persons Bureau in Belleville, Illinois. For nearly three years, Nicole worked between St. Clair and Madison County managing this docket and taking a significant number of cases to jury trials within that time frame.
Upon leaving the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Nicole returned to criminal defense and, most importantly, non-profit work. She successfully managed criminal defense, civil litigation, and consumer matters for individuals who could not otherwise afford to access the court system.
During this time, Nicole saw a tremendous need for increased reflective representation of the diverse communities served. With clients and research bearing out the need for such, Equity Legal Service, Inc. was launched.
Nicole is a volunteer on the United Way Metro East Allocations Panel and is currently involved in providing pro bono legal assistance through the Immigration Justice Campaign.
State of Illinois
State of Missouri
U.S. District Court: Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court: Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Missouri
University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D.
Alabama State University, B.S., summa cum laude
Nelson, Nicole D. (2017, September 20). When will black lives matter in St. Louis? New York Times.
Nana-Dennis, Regina, Nelson, Nicole D., Russell, Taurean, Williams, Bobby, “Brother Bob”, Wortham, Diedre. “Justice in the Prison System: From the 1972 Sit-in to Today.” 2018 Missouri History Museum. St. Louis, Missouri. 30 January 2018.
Emily Vivian is an attorney with Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger Lee & Considine, LLC (EGBLC). After previously working for EGBLC for several years, Emily and her family moved south due to her husband’s career, and Emily accepted a position at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she served as Bureau Chief of Land Acquisition – Springfield. In that role, she represented the State of Illinois in eminent domain actions and other land acquisition matters. In addition, she negotiated and drafted contracts, for both goods and services, for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
Upon returning to private practice, Emily again focused on estate planning and administration, real estate law and business entity formation, and she is excited for the opportunity to continue practicing in those areas.
Emily is a member of both the Real Estate Law Section Council and the Standing Committee on Government Lawyers for the Illinois State Bar Association and currently serves as co-editor of the Government Lawyers’ newsletter.
Originally from Dixon, Emily and her family have settled in Glen Carbon and have enjoyed getting to know the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon and surrounding areas. They have found the community inviting and welcoming. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, who keep her busy attending soccer, baseball and basketball games.
U.S. District Court: Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court: Northern District of Illinois
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Accountancy
Illinois State Bar Association
Real Estate Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association
Standing Committee for Government Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association – Co-Editor of the newsletter
Madison County Bar Association
Dr. Terrence D. Duncan
Dr. Terrence D. Duncan holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Walden University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Health Care Management. Dr. Duncan’s contributions have been featured in blogs and newspapers. Academically, he published in several scholarly journals and presented in respected academic conferences as a panelist.
In 2016, Dr. Duncan published his first book, The Four Fits of Holistic Growth. The Four Fits incorporates 16 axioms, or foundations, to achieve a holistic frame of mind. To enhance the material provided under each axiom, worksheets were created to give a deeper relationship and connection between the words read and the actions created through the worksheets. Even though this book fits well for individuals for all ages, The Four Fits of Holistic Growth helps provide a foundation for readers to define success at a level that best suits them. As readers continue to read the stories and build upon each foundation, the quest for personal growth and development is accomplished.
In 2017, The Four Fits of Dynamic Leadership was published incorporating 10 axioms, or foundations, to change the narrative of what leadership represents in the 21st century. As the business landscape is changing due to turnover rates, decreased overall employee loyalty, and more available options to employees, Dynamic Leadership focuses on how to attain the best effort and efficiency from employees utilizing a combination of emotional intelligence, team-building, interrelationship skills, and understanding how to effectively yield power in an organizational structure. The book also focuses on personal growth from within as “development as a leader is vital for the success of your organization.”
As a Divisional Director of Safety and Worker’s Compensation for the largest skilled nursing home company in the U.S., Dr. Duncan has provided numerous training to various members of management to support staff in areas ranging from human resources, safety, enterprise risk management, and policy issues. Dr. Duncan has given back to the community by speaking at inner-city schools, community gatherings, and featured on a panel at Tennessee State University, as well as University of Missouri-St. Louis Black Student Association.
An avid activist and mentor, Dr. Duncan works with African-Americans in the Greater St. Louis region with Black Money STL, a group that focuses on entrepreneurial and financial efforts of young Blacks eager to grow their branding efforts and understanding the foundations and fundamentals of finance. In June 2016, he was invited to speak at the inaugural State of Black Health National Conference in September, 2018. The Mahogany Legacy Project, a concept the focuses on five key areas of socio-economic growth and development within the Black community will be discussed on a national forum for the first time.
In 2016, Dr. Duncan launched J.I. Enterprises which provides risk management and human resources consultation, as well as providing employee engagement, training and development, and speaking engagement services. Recognizing the need for cost control, J.I. Enterprises provide clients an opportunity to save on overhead, as well as boost employee morale.
With a passion for life and encouraging others by personalizing his stories of adversity to triumphs, Dr. Duncan provides an up-tempo and engaging conversation with this audience while engaging them to reach their level of excellence. By personally believing that greatness comes from within, Dr. Duncan continues to engage others in the community throughout the country by delivering a message of turning your dreams into a vision, and vision into a reality.
Attorney Joslyn Sandifer has a diverse legal background. She began her practice as a Volunteer Attorney for Land of Lincoln in East St. Louis, IL. While there, Attorney Sandifer focused on providing divorces to women who could not independently afford them. After several months of this volunteering her services Attorney Sandifer found employment as an Associate Attorney at Roth Evans, PC in Granite City. As a junior associate Attorney Sandifer’s focus was Civil plaintiff/defendant representation, workman’s compensation and family law.
In 2011, Attorney Sandifer became a prosecutor with the State’s Attorney’s Office of St. Clair County, IL. During her three (3) year tenure in that office, Joslyn worked in: Child Support, Traffic/ Misdemeanor (as Supervisor), Domestic Violence and Felony Divisions respectively.
Prior to Opening Sandifer Purchase, Attorney Sandifer worked as an Attorney with the Law Office of Evelyn Lewis, LLC. As an attorney in that office, Joslyn honed and sharpened her trial advocacy skills and developed into a zealous criminal defense lawyer.
Practice and Areas of Focus
Joslyn is a skilled trial attorney and has experience with handling every aspect of Trial and Trial Preparation. Joslyn’s practice is heavily concentrated in Criminal Defense cases (both Federal and State). Joslyn believes in aggressive and enthusiastic defense of her clients and works to obtain the most favorable dispositions possible. Mrs. Sandifer strives to ensure that her clients understand the legal process and feel comfortable with asking her questions pertaining to the status of their cases.
Attorney Sandifer also practices Family/Domestic, Personal Injury and Child Support.
Mrs. Sandifer’s desire to serve her community does not end when she steps out of the courtroom. Joslyn frequently speaks in East St. Louis School District #189 to young women through its “Virtuous Woman” initiative and has participated as a mentor in the Diamonds in the Rough Program. Finally, Joslyn is an active member of Power of Change Church; the NAACP (East St. Louis Chapter); JSU Alumni Association (National and Local); and The Metro East, Illinois and Missouri Bar Associations. Mrs. Sandifer’s life goal is to pour out to the community that poured into her. Joslyn is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter).
Joslyn has always had an interest in fairness and equity. She believes that there exists no better tool to positively influence change than through the legal system. It is with those interests and ideologies in mind that she and answered her true calling in Criminal Defense and general advocacy.
Jackson State University, magna cum laude (2005)
Mississippi College School of Law, Top 1/3% (2008)
Illinois State Bar (2008)
Missouri State Bar (2009)
Southern District Court of Illinois (2015)