Alicia Plerhoples

Associate Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard; M.A., Princeton; J.D., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Business Organizations and Securities Regulation, Clinical Education

Alicia Plerhoples’ research and teaching interests include social enterprise law, nonprofit law, corporate governance, and clinical legal education. She received...

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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.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Nonprofit Displacement and the Pursuit of Charity Through Public Benefit Corporations, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Risks, Goals, and Pictographs: Lawyering to the Social Entrepreneur, 19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 301-326 (2015).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Social Enterprise As Commitment: A Roadmap, 48 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 89-137 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Deborah Burand, Jonathan Ng & Susan R. Jones, Clinical Collaborations: Going Global to Advance Social Entrepreneurship, 20 Int'l J. Clinical Legal Educ. 499-518 (2014).    [HEIN] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Delaware Public Benefit Corporations 90 Days Out: Who's Opting In?, 14 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 247-277 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
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All Scholarship 2012 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Nonprofit Displacement and the Pursuit of Charity Through Public Benefit Corporations, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Risks, Goals, and Pictographs: Lawyering to the Social Entrepreneur, 19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 301-326 (2015).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Social Enterprise As Commitment: A Roadmap, 48 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 89-137 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Deborah Burand, Jonathan Ng & Susan R. Jones, Clinical Collaborations: Going Global to Advance Social Entrepreneurship, 20 Int'l J. Clinical Legal Educ. 499-518 (2014).    [HEIN] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Delaware Public Benefit Corporations 90 Days Out: Who's Opting In?, 14 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 247-277 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples & Amanda M. Spratley, Engaging Outside Counsel in Transactional Law Clinics, 20 Clinical L. Rev. 379-428 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Representing Social Enterprise, 20 Clinical L. Rev. 215-265 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? Applying Traditional Corporate Law Principles to New Social Enterprise Legislation, 13 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 221-265 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
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In the News

“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. 

"Serving mission, seeking profits through public benefit corporations," coverage in Current, June 16, 2016, featuring Associate Professor Alicia Plerhoples.

"Kickstarter picks social good over rich shareholders," Marketplace, September 21, 2015, quoting Professor Alicia Plerhoples.

 "Starting a Social Enterprise? 6 Useful Tips From Legal Experts," coverage in the Huffington Post, December 9, 2013, featuring Professor Alicia Plerhoples, director of the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic. 

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All News

“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. 

"Serving mission, seeking profits through public benefit corporations," coverage in Current, June 16, 2016, featuring Associate Professor Alicia Plerhoples.

"Kickstarter picks social good over rich shareholders," Marketplace, September 21, 2015, quoting Professor Alicia Plerhoples.

 "Starting a Social Enterprise? 6 Useful Tips From Legal Experts," coverage in the Huffington Post, December 9, 2013, featuring Professor Alicia Plerhoples, director of the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic. 

"Delaware Public Benefit Corporations - Specific Public Benefit Purpose(s)," The Conglomerate, October 31, 2013, featuring Associate Professor Alicia Plerhoples.

"Is the 'Mission-Driven' Facebook a Social Enterprise?," a piece by Professor Alicia Plerhoples in Nonprofit Quarterly, September 17, 2012.

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