Clinic Faculty & Staff
Alicia Plerhoples is 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.
Tyra Blew is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. A rural Kansas native, she previously spent three years practicing corporate and transactional law; first with Biggs Paul LLC in Wichita, Kansas and then with Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri, where she represented a wide variety of nonprofit corporations, private foundations, and emerging businesses. Tyra received her J.D. from IIT Chicago- Kent College of Law. During law school, Tyra benefited immensely from her participation in a mediation clinic and completion of externships with the insurance practice group at DLA Piper and in-house legal departments at Accenture and Merieux NutriSciences. She earned an M.A. in political science and economics from the University of Kansas. Tyra’s research interests include exploring the potential of social enterprise to connect rural and urban communities.
Sunitha Malepati is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Teaching 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.
Maia Tucker is the clinic Office Manager for the Civil Rights Clinic, and Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic where she ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly. Prior to Georgetown Law Center, Maia worked as a paralegal. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Northridge, a paralegal certification from Georgetown University, and received a Master of Science in Law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law in May 2018. Maia has worked on special projects with organizations such as the American Bar Association and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Outside of her professional life, Maia has been involved with Ladies America nonprofit organization for the past 4 years as a member, and now the organization’s Events Directors where she is primarily responsible for collaborating with nonprofit partners to coordinate leadership events, workshops, and seminars.