Leti Volpp

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.”

A day after new Trump order, U.S. high court cancels hearing on travel ban

Jesse Choper and Leti Volpp quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 25, 2017

Jesse Choper … said the addition of North Korea, in particular, would counter opponents’ allegations that the order is a Muslim ban. He also noted that that courts traditionally give the president considerable authority over immigration and national security.

The new order “could be challenged on the same grounds” as the previous versions, Volpp said. She described the additions of three nations as “cosmetic,” saying U.S. immigration from North Korea and Chad is minuscule.

Multiculturalism isn’t bad for women – but racism is: Kanji

Leti Volpp quoted by thestar.com, May 4, 2017

“Part of the reason many believe the cultures of the Third World or immigrant communities are so much more sexist than Western ones is that incidents of sexual violence in the West are frequently thought to reflect the behaviour of a few deviants — rather than as part of our culture. In contrast, incidents of violence in the Third World or immigrant communities are thought to characterize the cultures of entire nations.”

La culture, c’est les autres

Leti Volpp quoted by Le Courrier, March 14, 2017

“It is not a question of defending cultural relativism, where criticism of other cultures would be prohibited and feminist values should be discarded. What I am suggesting is that we look at the way in which all cultures, including our own, are both patriarchal and characterized by resistance to such patriarchy.”  The key to a decolonization of feminism is to “listen carefully, to become aware of one’s own limits, and not to address others convinced of one’s own superiority.”

Trump’s mentions of ‘honor killings’ betray the truth of his ‘Muslim ban’

Leti Volpp writes for The Hill, Feb. 22, 2017

There is an additional and little noticed piece of evidence within the executive order itself, which buttresses the idea that the order is indeed a ban on Muslims, and not merely a “geographic” restriction. The executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” invokes, twice, the idea of “‘honor’ killings.”… Why is this significant? Honor killings … are mistakenly thought to be a uniquely Muslim practice and specific to Muslim communities.