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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Inclusion Builds the Foundation for Diversity

At Poyner Spruill, we are committed to supporting the advancement of diverse attorneys, actively recruiting diverse persons, and participating in bar associations and community activities that advance inclusiveness and diversity in the legal profession and the communities in which we live and work.

Diversity has always been a key element of our strategic vision. For our multifaceted legal practice, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the firm is important to the quality of legal work and client service we provide.

“Promoting inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity is fundamental to our collective success and the success of our clients. The varied backgrounds and experiences of Poyner Spruill’s attorneys and staff enable us to find strength in our differences, attract and retain talented and creative people, and promote innovative solutions for our clients.”

Dan Cahill, Managing Partner
Partnering In Support

Organizations Supporting Diversity

We work closely with local minority bar associations and other organizations supporting diversity, including:

The North Carolina Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee

The firm is a participating employer in the 1L Summer Associate Program.

The Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program

The firm partners with corporations to provide summer clerkship experience to diverse attorneys.

USLAW Diversity Initiatives

As a member of USLAW, Poyner Spruill actively supports the organization's diversity initiatives. The USLAW Diversity Council creates a space for member firms to discover best practices in matters relating to recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse attorneys and legal professionals.

Capital City Lawyers Association

Firm employees are members of the Capital City Lawyers Association, which aims to improve the quality of life in underprivileged or under-represented communities in Wake County through service, scholarship, and education.

International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

The firm supports this organization, which is the first international professional association dedicated to enhancing the professional status of women in all disciplines of insolvency and restructuring.

Haven House Services

The firm supports Haven House, which operates 11 programs that help youth in need overcome challenges and find a path to success. Haven House helps youth navigate issues such as homelessness, a crisis at home or school, gang involvement, or problems involving the juvenile justice system, by providing resources and teaching skills needed for long-term success.
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Note in the Pocket

Poyner Spruill supports Note in the Pocket, which aims to provide quality clothing to homeless and impoverished children and families. We organize volunteer opportunities for firm employees and sponsor Note in the Pocket’s annual fundraiser, the Socks & Undies 5K Rundie.

Wake Tech IGNITE

The firm is a proud supporter of Wake Tech IGNITE. This annual event highlights the community college and how it achieves its mission of transforming lives. Each year, students, graduates, faculty members, and community leaders deliver testimonials about how Wake Tech helped transform their lives and the greater Raleigh community.

“Where and how we recruit is key. As a group we make sure to interview in a variety of places, through various programs, in pursuit of the best legal talent.”

Sarah Difranco, Charlotte-based partner and member of the Summer Associate Hiring Committee

The firm’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee focuses on fostering an environment in which differences are appreciated and valued. The committee includes a member of the Management Committee, the firm’s Managing Partner, a representative from the Associates’ Committee and the Summer Associate Hiring Committee, as well as the Directors of Human Resources and Client Service & Strategy.

The firm’s Women’s Affinity Group, a subgroup of the DEI Committee, regularly organizes networking events to promote our female professionals.

“We are looking for the best legal talent, both staff and attorneys, who will add to our culture and help make us a stronger firm. We never know where this talent can be found, so we try to involve ourselves with as many programs as we can.”

Nina Long, Director of Human Resources