By Selena Stevens
Dees, named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial
Lawyers for Public Justice, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 28, in UK's Singletary Center for the Arts Concert
5, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A
canceled appearance by a lawyer who has dedicated
his life to fighting discrimination and hate has been
rescheduled. Morris Dees will speak at the University
of Kentucky on March 28.
Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial Lawyers for
Public Justice, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March
28, in UK's Singletary Center for the Arts Concert
Hall about key issues facing America following the
tragedies on Sept. 11.
As a civil
rights lawyer, Dees headed lawsuits against the Ku
Klux Klan that led to the Klan's bankruptcy. Dees
also has been involved in the imprisonment of numerous
hate-crime perpetrators and is the founder and chief
trial counsel for The Southern Poverty Law Center,
which focuses heavily on lawsuits involving civil
rights violations. Dees continues to use the center
to help develop ideas for "Teaching Tolerance," an
educational project aimed at educating young people
about the importance of the civil rights movement.
Dees' passion for civil rights and diversity grew
from his youth.
of an Alabama farmer, he witnessed firsthand the painful
consequences of prejudice and racial injustice. That
passion has won him many honors. He has received the
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National
Education Association, the American Bar Association's
Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award and the
American Civil Liberties Union's Roger Baldwin Award.
Colleges and universities have recognized him with
honorary degrees, and the University of Alabama gave
him its Humanitarian Award in 1993.
the author of "A Season for Justice," his biography;
"Hate on Trial: The Case Against America's Most Dangerous
Neo-Nazi;" and "Gathering Storm: America's Militia
Student Activities Board sponsors the free event,
which is open to the public.