Kaimipono David Wenger’s research focuses on a variety of civil rights topics including reparations for slavery and Jim Crow; theories of justice in mass restitution; LGBT rights; and rights of tenants and unhoused persons. His scholarship has appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, American University Law Review, University of San Francisco Law Review, Loyola L.A. Law Review, Connecticut Law Review CONNtemplations, Thomas Jefferson Law Review, Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, and UCLA Law Review Discourse.
He taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law from 2005 to 2018, where he directed the Center for Law and Social Justice. he also taught as a visiting professor at the University of San Diego and the University of Nice (France). He currently works as a tenant rights attorney at the nonprofit Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, representing low-income tenants who are at risk of becoming homeless if evicted. He has represented hundreds of tenants since 2018.
He has presented his research at a variety of events, including as an invited panelist at the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus in 2008, 2010 and 2014. He was the Lead Faculty Organizer of the 2010 Women and Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, which focused on “Women of Color and Intersectionality” and was held in conjunction with UCLA School of Law’s Fourth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium. He also organized a 2006 conference at Thomas Jefferson on Taking Reparations Seriously.
He previously clerked with Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York and practiced law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, in New York City.