Clinic Faculty & Staff
Alicia Plerhoples 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.
Sunitha Malepati is Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Before coming to Georgetown, Sunitha was an associate in the Private Investment Funds Group at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, where she focused her practice on advising investors on investments into various alternative investment funds, including private equity, real estate, hedge and venture capital funds. She also advised on structuring and formation of various types of funds. Sunitha received her J.D. magna cum Laude and Order of the Coif from American University Washington College of Law and her B.S. in Economics from the University of Michigan. During law school, Sunitha was on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law and a student attorney in the Women & the Law Clinic. Prior to attending law school, she was the Chief of Staff at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative of foundations and financial institutions focused on developing and investing in initiatives that improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.
Julian Hill (he/they) is a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Julian brings experience as a community organizer and as a Supervising Attorney with the Capacity Building Practice at TakeRoot Justice, a New York City-based nonprofit that uses law, policy and research to empower grassroots organizing. Julian regularly advises worker cooperatives, collectives, nonprofits and small businesses on a range of matters, including governance, leasing and contracts, and partners with community-based organizations to facilitate political education and develop policies and campaigns. Prior to TakeRoot, Julian advised mostly Latin American companies in capital markets, M&A and finance transactions in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. After completing a B.A. at Northwestern University, Julian taught high school Spanish in California and obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Maria Islam is the clinic office manager for the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic where she manages the day-to-day operations of the clinic. After receiving a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Law and Society from American University, she started working at Georgetown Law as a faculty assistant with faculty support. Maria has interned at the U.S. House of Representatives, Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, DC Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and various law firms.