David Oppenheimer

  • Clinical Professor of Law
    Director, Berkeley Comparative Equality & Antidiscrimination Law Study Group
    Co-faculty director, Pro Bono Program
  • doppenheimer@law.berkeley.edu
  • Tel: 510-643-3225
  • 498 Simon Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Tyler Slay

David B. Oppenheimer is a Clinical Professor of Law.

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Oppenheimer clerked for California Chief Justice Rose Bird. He then worked as a staff attorney for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, prosecuting discrimination cases, and was the founding director of the Boalt Hall Employment Discrimination Clinic. In addition to Berkeley Law, he has taught at the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University (where he served as Associate Dean), the University of Paris (Sorbonne-Pantheon), LUMSA University in Rome, and the Paris Institute of Political Science (“Sciences-Po”).

Professor Oppenheimer has presented scholarly papers on discrimination law at many universities, including Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Oxford, the Paris Institute of Political Science, Bologna, Heidelberg, Humboldt, and the University of Paris, and at the annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Political Science Association. He has published articles on discrimination law in the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Human Rights Law, the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Droit et Cultures, and many others.

Professor Oppenheimer is a co-author of the casebook Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (Foundation Press 2012), and several sets of teaching materials, including Patt v. Donner: A Simulated Casefile for Learning Civil Procedure (Foundation Press 2014) and the trial advocacy case file Rowe v. Pacific Quad (NITA). He was a contributor to MacKinnon and Siegel’s Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (Yale University Press 2003), Guiomard and Robin-Olivier’s Diversite et discriminations raciales: une perspective transatlantique (Dalloz 2009), and Friedman’s Employment Discrimination Stories (Foundation Press 2006). His co-authored book, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (with M. Brown, M. Carnoy, E. Currie, T. Duster, M. Schultz and D. Wellman) (University of California Press 2003) won the 2004 Benjamin L. Hooks outstanding book award.

He teaches Civil Procedure, Leadership for Student Leaders, and Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law.


B.A., University without Walls (Berkeley) (1972)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1978)