Clinic Faculty & Staff
Alicia Plerhoples (she/her) is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Professor Plerhoples is a leading scholar in social enterprise law, nonprofit governance, and clinical legal education. Professor Plerhoples joined the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center in 2012, where she is director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Professor Plerhoples is active in the social enterprise legal sector, advising clients and organizations on governance arrangements and organizational structures that facilitate the work of social entrepreneurs. In 2017, Professor Plerhoples received the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year (Academic) Award. She serves on the Legal Advisory Group of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit which identifies, incubates, and funds social entrepreneurs. Examples of Professor Plerhoples’ recent research articles include integrating social enterprise into poor communities, pursuit of charity through public benefit corporations, and how to apply traditional corporate law principles to new social enterprise legislation. Her publications have appeared in the Lewis & Clark Law Review, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, and the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, among others. Professor Plerhoples previously was the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Clinical Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law. Prior to entering academia, she practiced with the law firms of DLA Piper in New York City and Cooley in Silicon Valley. Professor Plerhoples graduated from Yale Law School in 2005 and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy. She completed her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 2001.
Charity Fort (she/her) is a Clinical Fellow teaching in the Georgetown University Law Center’s Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Professor Fort is a practitioner of finance and real estate law with a decade of study and practice centered on alternative dispute resolution, transactional negotiations, and urban development—most recently focused in affordable housing and community development. Her scholarship interests are rooted in her practical experience in corporate law in conjunction with the application of alternative dispute resolution theory, as well as in the intersection of urban development policy with housing, education, and economic outcomes. Prior to entering academia, she practiced with the law firms of Mayer Brown LLP and Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C. in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Professor Fort graduated with her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2015 and is also pursuing an L.L.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.
Martina Watson-Pickett (she/her) is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Watson-Pickett is an experienced intellectual property practitioner and regularly works with start-up businesses to establish intellectual property strategies. As a solo practitioner, she has worked with small businesses and is responsible for advising on various transactional, real estate, and litigation matters. Professor Watson- Pickett’s experience extends to New York cooperative law, where she helped to establish the nation’s first worker-owned franchise. Prior to her solo practice, Professor Watson-Pickett clerked for the Honorable Sheila A. Venable in the New Jersey Superior Court. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. in Psychology from Winston-Salem State University. She is currently pursuing an L.L.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.
Anna Harty (she/her) serves as the office manager for several programs at Georgetown Law. She handles the day-to-day administrative operations of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, the Domestic Violence Clinic, the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, and the DC Affordable Law Firm LL.M. Fellowship Program. She graduated from Xavier University with a B.A. in Gender & Diversity Studies. As a Brueggeman Fellow at Xavier, Anna developed an independent study examining the role of gender in conflict resolution and traveled to Uganda to engage in related research. After graduating, Anna did a year of service through Jesuit Volunteer Corps and coordinated legal services for asylum seekers at YMCA International Services in Houston, TX.