Press Release for Monday, October 3, 2005

Morris Dees to Discuss Justice for All at UNF Lecture

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Morris Dees, trial lawyer and author, will discuss “With Justice for All” during his lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

Dees is the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group he co-founded in 1971, which specializes in lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorists and racially motivated crimes. Over the course of his career, he has done much to promote diversity. His efforts have resulted in many achievements, including the Civil Rights Memorial, lawsuits that bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan, imprisoned perpetrators of hate crimes and increased awareness of radical militias. Today, Dees focuses his attention on anti-government militias.

He is the author of Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat, A Lawyer’s Journey, an autobiography, and Hate on Trial: The Case Against America’s Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi. A graduate of the University of Alabama Law School, Dees has received numerous accolades in conjunction with his work at the Center. His honors include being named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and receiving the National Education Association’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets for these free lectures can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2005 Lectures link.