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Alicia Plerhoples is Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2012, having previously taught as a clinical teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and a visiting assistant professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law. Professor Plerhoples has been active in the local and national social enterprise movement, often speaking about laws that affect the work of social entrepreneurs. Her forthcoming article Social Enterprise as Commitment: A Roadmap, Wash. Univ. J. of L. & Pol’y (forthcoming 2015), posits that absent legal reform, a for-profit social enterprise must develop internal mechanisms to prioritize its social mission, mitigate tensions between pursuing dual missions, and avoid engaging in deceptive greenwashing. Her article Delaware Public Benefit Corporations 90 Days Out: Who’s Opting In?, 14 U.C. Davis. Bus. J.L. (2014), presents empirical research on the 55 public benefit corporations that initially incorporated or converted to the new corporate form in Delaware. Her article, Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?, 13 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 221 (2012), examines traditional corporate law principles and how they might be adapted and applied to the flexible purpose corporation, a new corporate form in California that allows businesses to pursue social and environmental objectives along with profits. Prior to teaching, Professor Plerhoples practiced law in the corporate finance and real estate finance departments at law firms in Silicon Valley and New York City where she advised financial institutions and emerging biomedical and technology companies on finance arrangements. Professor Plerhoples received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Masters in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy, and an A.B. from Harvard College. 

Joseph Pileri is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Joseph practiced law at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, where he coordinated the provision of legal services and advocated on behalf of clients on a broad range of legal issues affecting the city’s low-income communities. Joseph also supervised UCLA law students’ clinical work and provided in-class instruction to clinic students. Joseph began his legal career in the corporate department of a large Los Angeles law firm, where he represented businesses in complex transactional and corporate governance matters. Joseph received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. In law school, Joseph’s work focused on human rights in Latin America, development in the rural American south, and capital appeals. Joseph is particularly interested in social enterprise as a tool to combat poverty and democratize wealth.

Tyra Blew is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. A rural Kansas native, she previously spent three years practicing corporate and transactional law; first with Biggs Paul LLC in Wichita, Kansas and then with Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri, where she represented a wide variety of nonprofit corporations, private foundations, and emerging businesses. Tyra received her J.D. from IIT Chicago- Kent College of Law. During law school, Tyra benefited immensely from her participation in a mediation clinic and completion of externships with the insurance practice group at DLA Piper and in-house legal departments at Accenture and Merieux NutriSciences. She earned an M.A. in political science and economics from the University of Kansas. Tyra's research interests include exploring the potential of social enterprise to connect rural and urban communities.

Maia Tucker is the clinic Office Manager for the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic where she ensures that the day-to-day operations run smoothly. Prior to Georgetown Law Center, Maia worked as a paralegal. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Northridge, a paralegal certification from Georgetown University, and is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law. Outside of her professional life, Maia has been involved with Ladies America nonprofit organization for the past 4 years as a member, and now the organization's Events Directors where she is primarily responsible for collaborating with nonprofit partners to coordinate leadership events, workshops, and seminars.

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