Alicia Plerhoples’ research and teaching interests include social enterprise law, nonprofit law, corporate governance, and clinical legal education. She 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. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Plerhoples was the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Clinical Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. After law school, she worked at law firms in New York City and Silicon Valley where she advised asset-based lenders and emerging biomedical and technology companies on finance arrangements.
At Georgetown, Plerhoples is director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic through which law students provide pro bono corporate and transactional legal services to social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. Professor Plerhoples has been active in the social enterprise legal sector, writing and presenting about corporate governance and corporate laws that facilitate the work of social entrepreneurs. Plerhoples regularly contributes to the Social Enterprise Law Blog at www.socentlaw.com.
Book Chapters and Collected Works
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"How New Forms of Philanthropy Are Squeezing Traditional Charities," coverage by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 2, 2018, featuring Associate Professor Alicia Plerhoples, director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic.
"Law Professors Plan To Take A Knee To Protest Jeff Sessions’ Speech On Campus Free Speech," coverage by BuzzFeed News, September 26, 2017, quoting Professor Alicia Plerhoples.
“With Trump’s Conflicts, corporate America wouldn’t hire him as CEO”, featuring Professor Alicia Plerhoples in the Washington Post, on January 14, 2017.
“Trump’s plan to avoid conflicts of interest won’t avoid a thing”, coverage in WIRED, January 11, 2017, quoting Professor Alicia Plerhoples.