Our Team

Savala Trepczynski, Executive Director

Savala Trepczynski

787 Simon Hall
510-643-5402 (office)
510-642-3728 (fax)

Savala Trepczynski joined the Henderson Center in January 2016. In addition to leading the Henderson Center, Trepczynksi serves on the Faculty-Staff Climate Committee and chairs the subcommittee on Institutional Knowledge.

Prior to joining the Henderson Center, Trepczynski served for two years as Associate Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University’s Law School in Detroit, Michigan. She helped to secure significant funding to pursue racial equity work, published two volumes of the Journal of Law in Society, and organized a wide array of social justice programming for law students, scholars, and the community. She practiced law at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, and has experience in civil rights law, complex civil litigation, and advising clients on the legal aspects of policy, ethics, and constitutional law. Trepczynksi also clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and, in 2010, served as a law clerk in the Obama Administration’s Office of White House Counsel.

Trepczynski’s writing about race, government, and social policy has appeared in the Detroit Free Press and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has spoken publicly about how implicit bias and structural racism influence chronic low wellness outcomes for African-American males, domestic violence in communities of color, and the importance of social justice work for all lawyers. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Trepczynski worked in the art world, conducting public relations and community outreach for the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.


B.A., New York University
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law


Ian Haney López, Faculty Co-Director

haney-lopez_ianIan Haney López is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States since the civil rights era. He is the author of three books and his writings have appeared across a range of sources, from the Yale Law Journal to the New York Times.

Haney López’s current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions in society and growing wealth inequality in the United States. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how conservative politicians exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else.

Haney López has written books on the legal construction of both white and Latino racial identity, respectively White by Law and Racism on Trial. A constitutional law scholar, he has also written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been turned into restrictions on efforts to promote integration.

The Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Haney López has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, where he also served as the Ralph E. Shikes Visiting Fellow in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard. In 2011, Haney López received an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education.

Haney López’s personal website can be viewed here.

B.A., Washington University
M.A., Washington University
M.P.A, Princeton University
J.D., Harvard University


David Oppenheimer, Faculty Co-Director


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)