2012 Honored Alumni
A 1960 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Morris Seligman Dees Jr., was honored earlier this year with the highest award from the American Bar Association, the ABA Medal.
Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was recognized for his efforts to ensure that all people, including the most vulnerable members of society, receive access to justice. SPLC is known for, among other things, its successful lawsuits against white supremacist groups.
The ABA Medal recognizes exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence. The award is given only in years when the ABA Board of Governors determines that a nominee has provided exceptional and distinguished service to the law and the legal profession.
Morris Dees has received numerous other national awards, including Trial Lawyer of the Year from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association, and the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. He was also named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 2006.
The University of Alabama School of Law is proud to count Morris Dees among its distinguished graduates.
University of Alabama School of Law Associate Dean Anne Hornsby headed the Tornado Relief Assistance Project through the law school’s Clinical Programs in the spring of 2011. A team effort of dedicated Clinic attorneys, law students, and local attorneys, the project reached out within days of the April 2011 storms to hold public clinics at Red Cross shelters and disaster centers.
“Making legal services available after devastating tornados struck our community has been so rewarding. The commitment of our clinic staff and students in undertaking this work was inspiring,” said Hornsby, a 1996 graduate of the law school.
The Project was recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association as Outstanding Pro Bono Project in 2012, and was selected for the 2012 Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award. Today, the law clinics continue to assist survivors as the rebuilding continues.
The University of Alabama School of Law is proud to have Anne Hornsby as both an outstanding alumna and faculty member.