B.A., Wesleyan; J.D., Harvard
Professor Halperin has more than 20 years of experience as a civil rights attorney and working with social justice non-profits, including senior positions at the Open Society Foundations, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Center for Responsible Lending. Prior to joining Civil Rights Corps, Professor Halperin was a senior advisor to Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Program where he directed the foundation’s efforts to promote economic justice in the United States.
From 2010 – 2014 Professor Halperin served in leadership roles in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, including as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Division’s fair housing, fair lending, and employment non-discrimination enforcement programs. While at the Justice Department, Professor Halperin oversaw the filing of a record number of fair lending cases, including the 3 largest residential fair lending settlements in history and the Department’s first ever enforcement actions for illegal foreclosures against members of the military.
Prior to that, Professor Halperin was Director of the Center for Responsible Lending’s Washington office, where he managed the litigation program and CRL’s advocacy on policy issues. Earlier in his career, Professor Halperin served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division and on the staff of a community-based organization that provided job training and transitional housing for homeless people.