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 at Stanford Law School and University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has been active in the local and national social enterprise movement, often speaking about laws that best facilitate the work of social entrepreneurs. Prior to teaching, Professor Plerhoples practiced at Cooley LLP in Silicon Valley where she advised financial institutions, venture funds, asset-based lenders, and emerging biomedical and technology companies on credit finance arrangements. She also practiced in the finance and real estate finance departments of DLA Piper LLP in New York City and Silicon Valley. Professor Plerhoples received her law degree from Yale Law School where she served as senior editor of The Yale Law Journal, and a Masters in Public Administration from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard College where she was president of the Black Students Association and an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow.
Professor Plerhoples' scholarship focuses on social enterprise and corporate governance. Her recent 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 that allows businesses to pursue social and environmental objectives along with profits. Her article Representing Social Enterprises, Teaching (Sustainable) Corporate Governance, 20 Clinical L. Rev. [_] (forthcoming 2013), advocates a method of teaching law students about social enterprise, a subject area frequently taught in business schools but often overlooked by law schools. Her article Is Chick-fil-A a Social Enterprise?: The Place of Conservative Values in Social Enterprise Legislation, examines the normative values used by various impact accounting methods and incorporated into the social enterprise movement at large. Professor Plerhoples also regularly contributes to the Social Enterprise Law Blog. Her scholarship is available here and the Blog is found at www.socentlaw.com.