David Oppenheimer

Experts say DOJ brief in admissions suit will have little impact

David B. Oppenheimer quoted by The Harvard Crimson, April 10, 2018

Oppenheimer speculated the court may give less weight to input from the Justice Department under the Trump administration than courts traditionally have during previous administrations. He said the court may be “more skeptical” of what he called a “very political filing,” despite the fact the department has historically wielded significant influence over matters of civil rights.

Renowned civil rights lawyer, adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. joins Berkeley Law staff

David Oppenheimer, Catherine Fisk, Savala Trepczynski, Leti Volpp quoted by The Daily Californian, Oct. 5, 2017

“He can teach our students what it means to have a judge’s perspective on litigation and on law as a tool for social change,” said David Oppenheimer. … “He can teach them much about the meaning of constitutional rights in real terms, not as a matter of theory but as a matter of practice.”

“What he brings to campus is … a lifetime of experience as a lawyer and as a judge, using law creatively, carefully … to make the world a better place and to make the law more just,” said campus law professor Catherine Fisk.

“We focus on exploring privilege, power, subordination, and equity and we support our students’ learning outside the classroom,” said Savala Trepczynski. … “As a judge, he’s always been uniquely willing and able to stand up for the least powerful among us.”

“He’s a legal giant and a fantastic juror, and Berkeley is incredibly lucky to have him,” Volpp said. “He was a role model in terms of how to live a life and how to be a good person, as well as how to be a good lawyer.”

When algorithms discriminate

David Oppenheimer and Deirdre Mulligan quoted in The New York Times, July 9, 2015

“Even if they are not designed with the intent of discriminating against those groups, if they reproduce social preferences even in a completely rational way, they also reproduce those forms of discrimination,” said David Oppenheimer.

“The question of determining which kinds of biases we don’t want to tolerate is a policy one,” said Deirdre Mulligan…. “It requires a lot of care and thinking about the ways we compose these technical systems.”

Some voice doubt over new state equal protection law

David Oppenheimer quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), December 4, 2014

“It’s analogous to what a number of civil rights groups have done in going before city councils, county commissions, and pointing out that a proposed action which is not intentionally discriminatory is likely to have a discriminatory impact,” Oppenheimer said.

King’s Easter epistle on civil disobedience

David Oppenheimer writes for Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2013

King had to decide whether to postpone the demonstration. He was expected to preside over Easter Sunday services in his own church, Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta. His lawyer warned him that if he marched, he would probably still be in jail Sunday. His father and some of his aides urged him to comply with the order and go home. “I don’t know where the money [for bail] will come from,” he explained to them, “but I have to make a faith act.” Andrew Young later described the moment as the “beginning of [King’s] true leadership.”

David Oppenheimer Sheds Light on Workplace Disability Rights

The Daily Journal, May 21, 2010 by Catherine Ho
http://www.dailyjournal.com/ (requires registration; go to G:\Law School in the News\News Clips for article)

“It’s a requirement of California law that you make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, including bipolar disorder,” said Oppenheimer, who has taught courses in employment discrimination. “Where it’s a threat of violence, it’s difficult. The sensible thing to do is engage in an interactive process and see if there’s some way to accommodate them. On the other hand, it’s also true that the employer has an obligation to protect all employees. The disability doesn’t excuse someone from committing criminal acts.”