Five New Faculty Members to Join Georgetown Law

June 6, 2012 — Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the addition of five new faculty members. Their scholarship and teaching will strengthen Georgetown in a broad range of important areas, including constitutional history, immigration law, international civil litigation, nonprofit law and race relations law.

Professor Paul Butler Professor Paul Butler
Professor Maria Glover Professor Maria Glover
Professor Allegra McLeod Professor Allegra McLeod
Professor Victoria Nourse Professor Victoria Nourse
Professor Alicia Plerhoples Professor Alicia Plerhoples

Paul Butler comes to Georgetown from George Washington University Law School, where he is the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor and former associate dean for research and faculty development. He researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law and critical theory, and was voted professor of the year three times by the GW Law graduating class. He was a visiting professor at Georgetown Law during this past academic year and has also visited at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His scholarship has been published in several leading journals, and he is frequented consulted on issues of race and criminal justice. In 2006 to 2007, he was granted a Soros Justice Fellowship by the Open Society Institute to write his book, Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, which received the Harry Chapin Media Award in 2009. Prior to joining academia, he served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption, and he practiced law at Williams and Connolly. Butler graduated cum laude from Yale University and Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge Mary Johnson Lowe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
J. Maria Glover has been a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2010. She teaches and writes on civil procedure, complex litigation, international civil litigation and the interplay between private and public regulation. Before going to Harvard, she practiced in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group at Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C., and she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Glover received a B.A. with an emphasis in operatic performance summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, and she graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was senior articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and where she received the Morgan Prize and the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Award.
Allegra M. McLeod has been a research fellow at Georgetown Law since 2010. Her research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, immigration law, international and comparative law, and legal and political theory. She received a J.D. from Yale Law School, Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University and B.A. with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College of the Claremont Consortium. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in political theory at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, McLeod practiced immigration and criminal law at the California-Mexico border as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and staff attorney with the ABA Immigration Justice Project. She has taught political theory at Stanford University, served as a consulting attorney with the Stanford Immigrants' Rights and Criminal Defense Clinics, worked with the ACLU National Prison Project and clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Her publications appear in the Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Law & Policy Review and American Criminal Law Review.
Victoria F. Nourse is the Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin. She has been a visiting professor at Georgetown Law since 2010 and has also visited at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law. She teaches courses in legislation, statutory interpretation, constitutional history and criminal law. She is the author of In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of Eugenics, and her scholarship has been published in numerous law reviews. Nourse came to academia after a series of assignments in Washington and New York. She was senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee under the chairmanship of then-Senator Joseph Biden. Prior to this, she was an appellate attorney at the Justice Department, where she argued cases in the D.C. Circuit and other courts of appeal. She also practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and an Order of the Coif graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
Alicia Plerhoples has been a visiting professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law since 2010. Prior to this, she was a clinical teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. Her teaching and research interests include social entrepreneurship, nonprofit law and transactional law clinical courses. Plerhoples graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in African-American Studies. She earned an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, where she was a contributing editor to the Journal of Public & International Affairs, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and articles editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. After law school, she practiced law at Cooley in the Credit Finance Department and at DLA Piper US in the Real Estate and Finance Departments.

With 118 full-time members, the Georgetown Law faculty is the largest in the nation. The Law Center’s faculty teaches the most diverse curriculum of any law school as well, with hundreds of courses ranging from public interest and constitutional law to corporate, international and trade law.  

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