Joseph J. Levin Jr.
Joseph J. Levin Jr. (Born 1943) is a lawyer who was born in Montgomery in 1943. He revived a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama in 1966. He found the Southern Poverty Law Center with Morris Dees in 1971. He was SPLC's legal director from 1971 until 1976. In 1976, Levin left the SPLC to work for President-elect Carter's Justice Department transition team. He served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Chief Counsel to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under President Carter. After Ronald Reagan was elected, Levin began a private practice which he ran until 1996 when he resumed his work with the SPLC as its CEO for a time.