Academic Speaker Series


Featured Speaker: Morris Dees

Monday, September 15, 2003 - "Voices of Hope and Tolerance"


Morris Dees is the founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama Law School, Dees has successfully tracked and fought domestic terrorists for 30 years. He has won law suits involving civil rights violations and racially motivated crimes by such groups as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, and Skinheads. His efforts have led to the bankruptcy of the KKK and increased awareness of radical militias. Dees spearheaded the building of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery. He has sought to educate young people through the "Teaching Tolerance" project. Dees has been named "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and received the National Education Association's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award.


His books include:

  • Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat
  • Hate on Trial: The Case Against America's Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi
  • A Lawyer's Journey