P. David Lopez

Visiting Professor of Law

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988
B.S., Arizona State University, 1985

Courses Taught
  • Law and the Legal System through the Lens of Latina/o Communities
P. David Lopez

P. David Lopez is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and University Professor of Law and Professor Alfred Slocum Scholar at Rutgers Law School, Newark. From 2018 to 2021, Lopez served as Co-Dean of Rutgers Law School, Newark. During his tenure, Lopez managed all operational aspects of the Newark campus, advanced Rutgers Law School’s groundbreaking scholarship, and prioritized racial justice through the faculty’s adoption of a strongest-in-nation resolution to develop antiracist curricular reforms. Professor Lopez has also taught at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, and Georgetown Law Center, and was a Distinguished Visitor at Arizona State University for the fall 2020 semester. Twice nominated by President Obama, Lopez served as General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2010 to 2016. As the longest-serving General Counsel in EEOC history, Lopez had primary oversight responsibility for the agency’s nationwide litigation program. He previously served as Supervisory Trial Attorney in the EEOC’s Phoenix office and Special Assistant to then-EEOC Chair Gilbert F. Casellas, as well as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2016 to 2018, Lopez was Partner and Partner-in-Charge in the Washington, D.C., office of Outten and Golden, a national plaintiff-side labor and employment firm. He has served on the boards of the National Women’s Law Center, Impact Fund (Berkeley, CA), Towards Justice (Denver, CO), and the American Civil Liberties Union, among other organizations.