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Morris Dees Honored as Champion of Justice by MCHR

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner held at Marygrove College in Detroit. Cary McGehee, firm co-founder and longtime MCHR Chair, presented Dees with the organization's Bishop H. Coleman McGehee Jr. Champion of Justice award for his 50 years of commitment to human rights causes. The award is named in honor of Cary's late father, who founded MCHR in 1980 with Rabbi Richard Hertz and Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton amid a growing conservative climate in religion and politics. "Morris Dees is a legendary civil rights attorney who has devoted his professional life to advancing the cause of civil and human rights," said McGehee. "Morris has also been a great friend to our law firm and MCHR for many years." Dees, who also delivered the evening's key note address entitled "Justice in a Changing America," is co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is noted for its successful legal cases against the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups to gain justice on behalf of their victims. The Center is internationally-known for tracking and reporting the activities of hate groups and hate crimes. Last summer Dees and the SPLC hosted a visit by MCHR-sponsored Freedom Tour to its offices in Montgomery, Alabama. The Freedom Tour took 25 Michigan high school students on a 10-day tour educational tour through Deep South visiting historical sites of the civil rights movement.

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.