Obama EEOC General Counsel Lopez Tapped as Rutgers Law Dean

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David Lopez, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s chief prosecutor for most of the Obama administration, has been selected as the next dean of Rutgers University Law School, sources with knowledge of the appointment tell Bloomberg Law.

Rutgers Law School confirmed to Bloomberg Law that Lopez’s appointment as a co-dean is now pending the approval of the school’s board of governors. He is expected to begin leading the Newark, N.J. law campus in August, and will collaborate with the dean of Rutgers’ Camden, N.J. campus, the school said in a statement.

Lopez has been a partner at prominent plaintiff firm Outten & Golden in Washington since early 2017. He is co-chair of the firm’s discrimination and retaliation practice group.

Lopez did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

“He has a rich and deep background in public interest law and using the legal system to champion the principles of equality and opportunity,” the university said in prepared remarks.

Lopez was twice appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the EEOC general counsel, a job he held for more than six years. As the EEOC’s top litigator, Lopez led the agency’s efforts in systemic cases, which challenge employment practices with potentially broad impact on a company, industry, or geographic region.

More recently, Lopez was one of the Outten attorneys suing Facebook for age discrimination in job ads, among other high-profile cases.

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