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Diversity & 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 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.

The Diversity Committee of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Women Givers of Nash/ Rocky Mount

Poyner Spruill is a founding member of this philanthropic group, focused on promoting charitable support of women and children.

Wilson Family YMCA

The firm is a partner in their mission of supporting diversity through scholarship programs.

Pro bono asylum practice

Poyner Spruill attorneys support this mission for individuals and their families, who, without asylum in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security, face serious persecution in their home countries.

NCSU college of Management

We serve as professional mentors, within the course (M100) designed to educate students on diversity in the workforce and encourage their participation in and understanding of diversity-related initiatives.

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.

A Better Wake

Poyner Spruill is continuing its efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusivity by extending the conversation into efforts to dismantle systemic racism. A newly launched initiative, A Better Wake, seeks to gain community members, organizations, businesses, and the community-at-large to commit to dismantling systemic racism.

“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 & 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.

Our active membership and participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) allows our attorneys to participate in the Law School Mentoring Program, a program in which more than 20 of our attorneys mentor diverse students from local law schools.

“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