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.
Priya Baskaran is Visiting Associate Professor of Law in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Priya came to the Law Center from the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a staff attorney. At Michigan, Priya provided transactional legal services to community based organizations, non-profits, and small businesses in the City of Detroit and metro area. Priya has also worked on international land use issues as a research fellow for the East West Management Institute. Her work focused on environmental and land use issues with vulnerable populations in Cambodia. Priya is particularly interested in food policy and urban agriculture as an economic development tool.
Priya received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Art, Architecture, and Engineering in 2008. She served as the Symposium Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and organized the 2008 symposium "From Proposition 209 to Proposal 2: Examining the Effects of Anti-Affirmative Action Voter Initiatives." Priya was also a recipient of the Doris McCree Award for Outstanding Student Leadership and a Clara M. Bates Overseas Fellowship.
Lauren Rogal is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. She previously spent three years at the DC firm of Klamp & Associates, P.C., which exclusively serves nonprofits and social enterprises. During her time as an associate, Lauren focused on developing sustainable financing structures for community development and facilitating complex international transactions. Her background also includes positions at the United Nations Development Programme, the Calvert Social Investment Foundation, and the Community Legal Education Center, which works on natural resource rights in Cambodia. Lauren earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. At Michigan, she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and received the Hessel Y. Yntema Award for international and comparative law.