Debbie Goldstein is the Executive Director of the NC Leadership Forum. Prior to joining NCLF, Debbie was an Executive Vice President at the Center for Responsible Lending, a national research and policy organization based in Durham that focuses on protecting borrowers from abusive lending practices. She has lived in Durham since 2001, and is an active member of the local community. Debbie has served on the boards of Durham Congregations in Action, Beth El Synagogue, Carolina Jews for Justice, and Bend the Arc.
CJJ in Conversation: NC Democracy Defenders
On April 24, veteran voting rights attorneys Leslie Winner and Hilary Harris Klein joined us for a conversation about the struggle for voting rights in North Carolina, past and present, and how we can be engaged in this critical work now. You can view the recording of this powerful dialogue on YouTube.
Leslie Winner is a lawyer with a 43-year career of public service in North Carolina. She currently works with non-profit organizations on strategic planning and on issues related to justice, public education, and bridging divides. In addition to serving for three terms as a member of the North Carolina Senate, she served as Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, as Vice President and General Counsel of the University of North Carolina, and worked for 16 years as a public interest trial lawyer, with a primary focus on cases involving voting rights and other civil rights issues. Leslie is also President of Durham’s Beth El Congregation.
Hilary Harris Klein joined Southern Coalition for Social Justice in 2020 and serves as Senior Counsel for the voting rights program, where her practice focuses on trial advocacy, anti-prison gerrymandering initiatives, and providing legal and other advocacy support to coalition partners throughout the South. Hilary graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Global Law Scholar and Pro Bono Pledge Recognition recipient. After law school, Hilary practiced commercial litigation, arbitration, and global investigations in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she co-led the US Pro-Bono Associate Counsel and served as lead counsel in Prisoner’s Rights and Anti-Human Trafficking matters, for which she twice received the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Public Award. After moving to North Carolina in 2018, Hilary served as a term law clerk for the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles of the Middle District of North Carolina. Hilary also holds a B.S.E., magna cum laude, in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania before law school.
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