Impact Fund Events

Join the Impact Fund as we promote legal justice through grants to non-profit lawyers in high impact cases.  Attend our gala and frequent events to get involved.


2018: 25th Anniversary Gala - Tuesday, May 8, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

We enjoyed an evening of celebration, community, and connection as we marked 25 years, hundreds of successful cases, and over $6M in grants made in solidarity with marginalized communities in bending the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

To the backdrop of stunning sunset views of the entire SF Bay Area from the elegant rooftop salon of the Westin St. Francis, we sipped the libations from the complimentary bar, nibbled and noshed at sumptuous food stations, grazed the passed hors d'oeuvres, toe tapped to the live jazz, and were inspired by the program honoring...


Grantee: Leadership Council For JUSTICE & ACCOUNTABILITY

We honored our grantee, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, for its recent success in the case City of Tulare v. Pratt Mutual Water Company and Matheny Tract Committee, bringing clean drinking water to the community of Matheny Tract in the San Joaquin Valley!


Keynote - Gina McCarthy

After being confirmed by the Senate in 2013, Gina became the face of President Obama's global warming/climate change initiative. She served until Trump handed the agency over to Scott Pruitt.

Gina cares deeply about the social justice challenges your support of the Impact Fund addresses and said, "if I can get over what's happening in Washington D.C. now and have hope, then so can you. It's time to pull up your big girl, big boy or gender non-conforming pants and get to work."

We couldn't agree more! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support, which ensured that every cent we raised went 100% into new grantmaking...

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2017 Gala

the 2017 Impact Fund Gala 2017: Litigation = Resistance, MAy 9, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, 5:30pm - 8pm

Special Guest: Ambassador (RET.) Norman Eisen

Dubbed "Mr. No," Eisen served as the chief ethics lawyer for President Obama. As Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011-14, he was active in working with Czech civil society on innovative anti-corruption initiatives.

Since December 2016, as Chair of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington D.C.), he is helping to lead a bipartisan effort to ensure an ethical Washington in the face of a new administration. CREW is the plaintiff in the Emoluments Clause case that is being brought against President Trump.

Eisen is also widely credited as being the inspiration behind Deputy Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum) in Wes Anderson's blockbuster, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

We Also Honored Our Grantee Public Counsel

Jessy Cruz, inductee into the  Impact Fund Class Action Hall of Fame

Jessy Cruz, inductee into the Impact Fund Class Action Hall of Fame

For its work in Cruz v. California, the team from Public Counsel together with lead plaintiff, Jessy Cruz, who stood up "to make schools better for everyone's little brother" received a standing ovation.

Thank you to everyone who joined us as we celebrated and funded the future of class action justice!


2017 Class Action Conference


Each year, Impact Fund hosts this invitation-only event to bring together leading plaintiffs' class action practitioners to discuss important new developments, share knowledge and ideas, and develop strategies for the future. The conference provides an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to connect and forge relationships with like-minded advocates across the country. For more information click here.

2016 Training Institute

Our three-day course takes a group of twenty students through all the stages of a mock class action case, from initial client meeting to mediated settlement. MCLE credit available for California practitioner.

In 2016 we are pleased to present two Training Institutes:

  • Sep 14-16 - Oakland, CA
  • Sep 29 - Oct 1 - Los Angeles, CA

Click HERE for more information.

Annual Gala: MAKING A SPLASH - Tues May 10 - Special Guest: Joan Walsh

Become an event sponsor/purchase tickets by clicking the links below or by downloading the order form.

Special Guest Joan Walsh; National Affairs Correspondent for  The Nation , MSNBC political analyst, author of  What's The Matter With White People?  Tuesday May 10, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Westin St. Francis, Union Square, San Francisco.


Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference - Feb 18-19, 2016

The 14th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference will take place February 18-19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Join 150+ plaintiff-side class action practitioners from private firms and non-profits, together with Academics and students, for a 1.5 day, MCLE accredited, symposium: a gathering of the top minds using the courts to hold big business and small-minded government accountable.

This is an invitation-only conference for the nation’s leading plaintiff-side class action community. If you are interested in attending the conference, please email us:

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

There are no upcoming speaking engagements at this time.

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