2022 Conference


Registration for the 2022 Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing – in the US and Beyond, co-organized by the Grunin Center and the Impact Investing Legal Working Group is now open. The conference is attended by students, lawyers and other stakeholders from across the globe, this leading conference explores salient legal, ethical, and social themes affecting the fields of social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

This year’s conference will be held remotely on June 7-8, 2022 from 8:45am-1pm (EDT).

This program has been approved for a total of four New York State CLE credits: three credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice and one credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias. While the content of the program is appropriate for both newly appointed and experienced attorneys, only experienced attorneys are eligible to earn credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias. Both experienced attorneys and newly appointed attorneys are eligible to earn credit in the category of Areas of Professional Practice.

Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.

Register here today.

We will be hosting two keynote speakers, four panels, a workshop, and the annual Grunin Prize Ceremony.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sonal Shah, Interim Executive Vice President, Worldwide Network Advancement, United Way
  • John Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics and Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

Panels Topics:

  • Blending Finance to Advance Climate Adaptation and Resilience
  • Elevating Beneficiaries: Inclusive Design in Impact Instruments
  • Legal Implications of Minority Wealth Equity Strategies
  • Prepare for Impact: Training Lawyers for ESG, Impact Investing, and Social Enterprise Practices

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Leslie Cornell, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Policy Advisor, Social Finance 
  • Ana Demel, Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law; Chair of the Board, Pro Mujer
  • Jeff Ferguson, Associate Director, Living Cities
  • Mateo Goldman, Assistant General Counsel, U.S. International Development Finance Corp. (DFC)
  • Andrew Johnstone, CEO and Co-Founder, Climate Fund Managers 
  • Emmeline Liu, General Counsel, Calvert Impact Capital, Inc.
  • Alison Looman, Senior Investment Counsel, Ford Foundation
  • Patrick Michel, Partner, Investment Funds Group at Sidley Austin LLP
  • Emily Schaffer, Managing Director for Technology, Year Up 
  • Juliana Soares Porto Fonseca, Legal Counsel, IDB Invest
  • Stacy Swann, CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors 
  • Anne Tucker, Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Steve Valdes-Robles, Senior Attorney, The Nature Conservancy
  • Kendrick Vaughn, Senior Counsel, Google
  • Shuangjun Wang, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Pamela West, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Impact Investing, Nuveen Real Estate

IILWG members have volunteered to host satellite events also on June 7 and 8 at various cities where, health concerns permitting, in-person and possibly remote participation will take place. Those satellite events will be timed so as not to conflict with the Morning Program.

• Boston
• Geneva
• Latin America (register and learn more here)
• Washington, DC (register and learn more here)