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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.

Free Press Looks at UIA Data Glitch and Cites Lord

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING — Records obtained by the Free Press point to a major glitch in importing data into a $47-million computer system the Unemployment Insurance Agency used to detect claimant fraud, meaning the system often...

WSWS Covers UIA Decision and Shares Lord Reaction

A three-judge panel in the Michigan Appeals Court dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Michigan workers falsely accused of civil fraud in the notorious Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) “robo-fraud” scandal. In the July...

Free Press, News Bloomberg Cover UIA Fraud Decision

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is asking district court judges to dismiss 186 bench warrants issued against residents who were accused of unemployment fraud and failed to appear in court to face...

Fox 17 Features Lord in UIA Update Story

MICHIGAN -- A court hearing is scheduled Friday in Detroit for a class-action lawsuit against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Three judges in the Court of Appeals are tasked with deciding whether the case moves forward. Regardless of the outcome,...

Legal News Covers Robin Wagner's Arrival at PMP&R

From the Legal News Robin Wagner has joined Royal Oak, Mich. law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. The announcement was made by firm co-founding partner Cary McGehee. “We’re pleased to announce that Robin has joined our law firm,” said...

Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin...