MSU honors Dees with award
The founder of a Montgomery, Ala.-based organization that offers free legal services and advocacy in the areas of civil rights, immigrant justice, and children at risk has received recognition from Mississippi State University. Morris Dees, who co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, received the Pre-Law Society’s Distinguished Jurist Award.
Dees becomes the 34th to receive the honor, which also has been awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and, most recently, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. “Bill” Waller.
Dees, a University of Alabama law school graduate, founded SPLC after a successful career in business and law. His initial cases set ground-breaking precedents in civil rights and established him as one of the most active voices against racial and social injustice.
For his efforts, Dees has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Trial Lawyer of the Year from the Lawyers for Public Justice and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association.
He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 2006.
Dees’ books include “A Season for Justice,” his autobiography; “Hate on Trial: the Case Against America’s Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi;” and, “Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat.”
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions
- Accounting firm finds problems at troubled MDMR
- Hosemann recruiting Realtors to market tax-forfeited property
- Airline announces new service at Oxford
- Davis resigns, turning over mayor's office early
- Woman indicted for Medicaid fraud; faces up to 35 years in prison
- Telepak strikes another branding deal with C Spire
- Report: State's teacher education programs 'mediocre at best'
- C Spire launches new WiFi On app for Android-powered phones