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.


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