Dickie Scruggs

Dickie Scruggs, previously called the most powerful trial attorney in the U.S. for the multimillion and billion-dollar awards secured in tobacco, asbestos and Hurricane Katrina lawsuits, founded 2nd Chance MS, which is non-profit collaborative effort with Mississippi’s Community Colleges to raise awareness and funds for GED and adult education.

Scruggs was motivated by personal experience tutoring fellow inmates while serving six years in prison for judicial bribery charges in 2007.

Mississippi has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Twenty-two percent of Mississippi adults do not have a high school diploma. Every year, an additional 14,000 students quit high school, meaning on average, every school day 77 Mississippi students drop out. Additionally, Mississippi ranks 49th in the country in workplace participation. Two-thirds of the jobs in the state require “middle skills” but about one-third of workers do not have the education or skills to fill these roles.

Dickie Scruggs