Southern Poverty Law Center: Introduction

Morris DeesMorris Dees is a man who rose against stereotypes, society structure, and attitude to bring justice to those who needed it. As one can see from the reading the biography, he chose to make a difference. In 1969, Morris Dees, a self-made millionaire, chose to make a sudden career shift that has since affected hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and perhaps around the world.

It is said that one person can make a difference, but not many people believe it is true.. Morris Dees has made a difference to so many directly and through the Southern Poverty Law Center. A period in his life that wasn't covered in Morris Dees's biography was the period in which he became involved in politics. Being a campaign manager and financer taught him how to write letters. It taught him how to ask the people for money to support a cause. This skill was critical to the success of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Today, the courts appoint laws for defendants who can not afford them. It is a part of their Miranda rights. However, no matter who is your appointed lawyer of the court, he cannot compare to the top of the class corporate lawyer at the other table. This is because corporate lawyers are doing pro bono work. It's somewhat like volunteer work. They are not getting paid and are not motivated to work as much. This was the cases in the 1970s regarding minorities. In crimes they did not commit or crimes in which the severity was disproportioned the lawyers did not care and/or did not have the resources to find the truth. Luckily, Morris Dees had the money needed to find the truth using private investigators, scientists to piece together evidence, and other specialists. This allowed him to present winning and persuasive cases. Unfortunately in today's society, money is critical to success.

These skills helped bring in the first donors to the Center when it first started. Soon enough they had enough money to have the Center run along smoothly with the interest from the bank on that money. But several periods of inflation in the late 1970s caused the Center to turn to donors once more. Today, hundreds of thousands of people donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight for a cause.


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