In the News

David Oppenheimer in the news:

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.

Sanctions at issue as Scott skips deposition in records suit

David Oppenheimer quoted in The Tampa Tribune, October 24, 2014

“If he filed the lawsuit he is obligated to appear for his deposition,” though sanctions could depend on circumstances, 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 Clarifies SB 185

San Francisco Chronicle, October 2, 2011 by Nanette Asimov

Currently, Oppenheimer said, college admissions officials may take into consideration whether applicants have had to overcome a disadvantage—but they can’t use race to determine if there has been a disadvantage. “This (bill) would permit that, as long as it doesn’t constitute a preference,” he said.

David Oppenheimer Challenges Assumptions of ‘Bake Sale’ Sponsors

The Daily Californian, September 27, 2011 by David Oppenheimer

When that student, despite the disadvantages he faces because of racism, nonetheless makes it to Cal, he has already paid far more than the statistically typical white student sitting next to him in class. So let’s adjust those prices to reflect the truth about racial disadvantage.

David Oppenheimer Sheds Light on Workplace Disability Rights

The Daily Journal, May 21, 2010 by Catherine Ho (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.”