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Poyner Spruill partner named to NDI advisory council, promoting international equality for marginalized groups

14 February 2018
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Raleigh, NC — The National Democratic Institute (NDI) recently named Poyner Spruill partner Jill Walters to its Equal Voices for Democracy Advisory Council, putting her in a unique position to drive the push for equality in developing democracies around the world.

Walters becomes a part of an 11-member board with representatives from across the country. The advisory council’s initiative is to expand the rights and voices of marginalized groups in political life so all voices are heard with their rights and dignity secured.

NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners work to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Experts from various fields and backgrounds play an important role in NDI's Advisory Councils, providing support and strategic direction.

“We always encourage our attorneys to become involved and make a difference beyond their legal pursuits,” Poyner Spruill Managing Partner Daniel Cahill said. “Jill’s involvement with NDI will help her promote change, not just locally, but on a national and international level. She will no doubt be an asset to that organization through her service on this council.”

Walters came to Poyner Spruill as an associate in 2008 and was named Partner in 2015. She has been ranked in Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” and selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list annually since 2013 for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights.

Prior to joining Poyner Spruill, Walters worked as a staff attorney for the United States Courts from 2007 to 2008.

In addition to her legal practice, Walters volunteers her time with multiple charitable and humanitarian organizations. Her experience includes:

  • Serving as the co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section
  • Election to the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Serving on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Creditors’ Bar Association
  • Membership on the Board of Directors of Note in the Pocket, a non-profit providing clothing to homeless children in Wake County
  • Previously served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for HopeLine, Inc., a suicide prevention organization based in Raleigh
  • Volunteering since 2013 as a member of the Fundraising Committee for Haven House Services, a North Carolina non-profit focused on providing community-based services to homeless and at-risk youth
  • Serving as an Alumni Mentor for her law school alma mater, Michigan State University
  • Regularly volunteering for Legal Aid of North Carolina
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