The King County Bar Foundation is proud to feature internationally acclaimed civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its 17th Annual Breakfast With Champions. The event takes place Thursday, March 30, at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, beginning with coffee and networking at 7 a.m., followed by the Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
Dees first launched a private law practice in 1960 and won a series of groundbreaking civil rights cases that helped integrate government and public institutions. In 1971, Dees co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama with his law partner, Joseph J. Levin, Jr., and the late civil rights leader Julian Bond, where Dees gained prominence for innovative lawsuits that would cripple the Ku Klux Klan and other notorious white supremacist hate groups.
The author of four books and the subject of a 1991 made-for-TV movie, Dees has been the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and numerous awards, including Trial Lawyer of the Year from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association; the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice; and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest award for exceptionally distinguished service.
As KCBF’s largest annual fundraiser, and the single-largest annual gathering of the legal community in our state, the Breakfast With Champions raises funds to support the King County Bar’s Pro Bono Services programs, which each year help nearly 10,500 of King County’s neediest and underserved residents — the homeless, the poor, immigrants, and the frail, abused and disenfranchised members of our community.
All bar members are encouraged to attend the Breakfast to recognize and applaud the work of hundreds of your colleagues who have dedicated their time, talents and efforts to providing access to justice and diversity. Because we also recognize that each member of our society — regardless of race or ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation — must have a stake in our legal system, play an integral part of our society, and participate in our system of government, your donations at the Breakfast also support KCBF’s Minority Law Student Scholarship program and other diversity initiatives. It is a tremendous opportunity for you to step forward, do your part and make a statement about the importance of equal access to justice.
Please join us on March 30 as we share in the lives of some of those less fortunate, but no less deserving, who are testimony to the life-changing power of the help we provide. Bring a friend, bring a colleague. Seats at the Breakfast are $50 per person, and firm and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information about the Breakfast, visit our webpage at www.kcbf.org/bwc. You may also contact Scott Pinkston, development manager, at 206-267-7005 or ScottP@kcba.org, or Braden Den Herder at KCBA at 206-267-7067 or BradenD@kcba.org. We look forward to seeing you there.