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Make an Impact: Strategic Litigation in Private and Nonprofit Practice

January 31, 2023

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

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WCC; 2009 Classroom

If you want to use litigation as a tool for social change, join OPIA for a community discussion with Wasserstein Fellow Lindsay Nako. Lindsay will share her journey from first-generation law student to associate at a private plaintiff-side law firm, shareholding partner, and now nonprofit litigation director. Along the way, she has used litigation to protect the rights of communities of color, low-income families, LGBTQ workers, and women across the country. She’ll answer your questions on preparing for life as a litigator, the joys and challenges of small firm practice, and the power of the nonprofit legal community.

Lindsay Nako (She/Her/Hers) is the Director of Litigation & Training for the Impact Fund, an innovative legal nonprofit that provides grants to support impact litigation, represents individuals and classes in strategic civil rights litigation, and trains public interest attorneys in litigation and class action topics. Since joining the Impact Fund in 2015, Lindsay has represented classes of employees experiencing workplace discrimination, individuals unlawfully denied public benefits, and transgender employees experiencing harassment and discrimination at work. She has authored dozens of amicus briefs on LGBTQ rights, access to justice issues, and a variety of class action topics. Lindsay also leads the Impact Fund’s training program, including the annual Class Action Conference, multi-day intensive Class Action Training Institute, and a variety of practical litigation skills trainings. Before her work with the Impact Fund, Lindsay spent a decade as an associate and then shareholder at a private plaintiff-side employment law firm and taught as an adjunct professor at Berkeley Law. She is currently a court-appointed mediator for the Northern District of California.

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