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Press Release for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Morris Dees to Discuss Justice for All in a Changing America at UNF

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

Morris Dees, trial lawyer and author, will discuss “With Justice for All in a Changing America” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044, on the University of North Florida campus. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

Dees, a graduate of the University of Alabama Law School, 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, he focuses his attention on anti-government militias.

Dees 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.” Dees has received numerous accolades, including one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America by the U.S. Jaycees, Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, induction into the Trial Lawyers’ Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association and the ABA Medal from the American Bar Association, the organization’s highest honor.

This lecture, hosted by the African American Student Union, Center for Community-Based Learning, Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Academic Affairs and the Intercultural Center for PEACE, is part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. This lecture is free; however an e-ticket is required. Free e-tickets can be obtained online at

For more information about this event, contact the Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.