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Morris Dees to receive 2010 Distinguished Jurist Award (2010-09-08)

Civil rights activist Morris Dees will receive the 2010 Distinguished Jurist Award from Mississippi State University's Pre-Law Society. Dees will give a campus-wide speech Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium of McCool Hall. He will first speak to the Pre-Law Society and alumni at a luncheon in Hunter Henry Center at 11:30 a.m.

Dees witnessed firsthand the painful consequences of prejudice and racial injustice.

In 1967, Dees began taking controversial cases that were highly unpopular in the white community. He filed suit to stop construction of a white university in an Alabama city that already had a predominantly black state college. In 1969, he filed suit to integrate the all-white Montgomery YMCA.

Dees and his law partner Joseph J. Levin, Jr. saw the need for a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking justice.

In 1971, the two lawyers founded the Southern Poverty Law Center and civil rights activist Julian Bond became its first president.

For more information on Morris Dees, contact the MSU Pre-Law Society at msuprelawsociety@gmail.com.

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