About JOCELYN D. LARKIN

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JOCELYN D. LARKIN - BIOGRAPHY

Jocelyn D. Larkin is the Executive Director of the Impact Fund, a legal foundation in Berkeley, California that provides funding, training and representation in support of social justice impact litigation. Her practice focuses on complex employment discrimination and class action practice on behalf of plaintiffs. 

Ms. Larkin has served as class counsel in many major class actions, including Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp., Parra v. Bashas’ Inc, Williams v. City of Antioch, Vandell v.Chevron Corporation, andStender v. Lucky Stores. She co-represented the California respondents in Amchem Products v. Windsor, before the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Larkin has twice received the California Lawyer magazine Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for her work in employment law. She was named a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in November 2013. 

She is a frequent speaker on class actions, employment law, ethics, and civil rights issues and has published many articles on employment and class action practice. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Class Action Strategy and Practice Guide, to be published by the ABA.

Ms. Larkin is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and the UCLA School of Law. Following law school, Ms. Larkin had a one-year fellowship with the Los Angeles-based Center for Law in the Public Interest, before joining San Francisco's Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. In 1987, Ms. Larkin became associated with Farnsworth, Saperstein and Seligman, and was elevated to named shareholder in 1990. She served as the firm's managing director from 1991 to 1992, until she left to found the Oakland-based law firm, Ryu, Dickey & Larkin.  

Ms. Larkin joined the Impact Fund in 2000. For many years, Ms. Larkin spearheaded the Impact Fund’s complex litigation training program, including the development of its Class Action Training Institute and its annual Class Action Conference. She was elevated to Executive Director of the Impact Fund in 2010.  

Ms. Larkin is the past co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section's Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee and currently serves on the ABA Federal Practice Task Force. Ms. Larkin served as a Lawyer Representative for the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit from 2012 – 15. In addition, Ms. Larkin formerly served as a member of the National Governing Board of Common Cause, a grassroots citizens' lobby committed to open democracy, and as the chair of California Common Cause. 


Ms. Larkin was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012. In this short 50s video, Jocelyn talks about her mission to end workplace discrimination and achieve equal pay for women…