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Levin to receive award for the Advancement of Social Justice

Carl M. Levin, former U.S. Senator and current senior counsel at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, recently received the Wade H. McCree, Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice. The award is granted by the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of Michigan Chapter to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice. Throughout his career, Levin has demonstrated his dedication to the fair and equitable treatment of all people.

Levin, who served 36 years in the U.S. Senate, focuses his legal practice on assisting publicly and privately held companies in identifying and addressing legal, business and reputational risks that may bring them under public or government scrutiny and result in legal action or loss of business; providing strategic advice to companies regarding public policy and regulatory issues, and issues being considered by federal, state and local legislative bodies. He also provides mediation and alternative dispute resolution services regarding complex disputes, particularly in relation to governmental units.

Levin earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.


Felon sings Adele-inspired apology to Michigan courtroom

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A felon offered a musical apology, apparently inspired by singer Adele’s “Hello,” before being sentenced to up to 17 years in prison in Michigan for unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Ann Arbor News reports 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor on March 10 sang the refrain to Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien that sounded like it was based on the hit song. It was recorded on courtroom video.

“Hello there, your honor,” Taylor sang. He continued: “I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done and I’ll try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know — that door, I closed. And your honor I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.”

O’Brien said Taylor was “obviously a talented young man.”


Legal Aid and Defender to hold outreach clinic in Fraser March 18

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income-eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 18 at the HOPE Center, 33222 Groesbeck Highway, Fraser. Attendees are asked to register before 10 a.m. For further information, call LAD’s Macomb County office in Mount Clemens at (586) 465-1344.