UI’s Bellwood Lecture Centers on Justice for All in a Changing America

Monday, July 8 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s College of Law will host national leader in civil rights law, Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, during the Oct. 8 Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series.

“Morris Dees’ work at the Southern Poverty Law Center has had a profound influence fighting hate and bigotry in the United States,” said Michael A. Satz, interim dean of the College of Law. “His efforts against the Aryan Nation in Northern Idaho inspired people across the state to confront bias head on and foster accepting communities for all. As the 2013 Bellwood Memorial Lecture speaker, Mr. Dees represents the powerful impact attorneys can have to advance society, justice and culture.”

Dees’ center spearheaded legal initiatives to remove the Aryan nation from Northern Idaho. His work resulted in a $6 million judgment that bankrupted the Aryan Nations in Idaho. Dees was featured in the award winning documentary, “The Color of Conscience,” produced by Idaho Public Television.

Other career highlights for Dees include: founding the Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups and develops legal strategies for protecting citizens from violence prone groups, a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klans of America, and the development of “Teaching Tolerance.” More than 80,000 schools nationwide use the videos, curriculum materials, and magazines in the classroom provided for free by “Teaching Tolerance.”

This year’s lecture is entitled, “With Justice for All in a Changing America.” The 17th Annual Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series will take place on Oct. 8, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in the University of Idaho Student Union Ballroom.

A reception for the Boise legal community will be held the previous day, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre. Both events are open to the public.

For more information on the Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series or Morris Dees, visit www.uidaho.edu/bellwood.

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About the Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series
The lecture is named after the late Sherman J. Bellwood, an Idaho native and Idaho District Court judge of 20 years. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho in 1939, Bellwood went on to law school, served in the military, practiced law and became president of the Idaho State Bar before entering the judiciary. He funded this endowed lectureship at the College of Law. It is the largest endowed lectureship at the university.

About the University of Idaho College of Law
Serving Idaho since 1909, the College of Law has been recognized nationally for its distinctive programs, including its clinical legal education, pro bono service, diversity initiatives, and cross-disciplinary fields of study, including environmental and natural resources law, business law and entrepreneurship, advocacy and dispute resolution, and Native American law. For more information about the College of Law and its legacy, visit www.uidaho.edu/law.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.