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Honigman’s Carl Levin Honored with Clement Kern Award for Social Impact

October 9, 2019

Former Senator Carl Levin recently received the Clement Kern Award for Social Impact by Southwest Solutions in Detroit.  He was honored together with Judge Damon Keith (posthumously.)

Levin previously served as the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Michigan history from 1978-2015.  He built an extraordinary record of advancing civil rights and economic fairness and improving the medical care and lives of veterans. Levin fought to preserve and create jobs, promote small business development, pursue fair trade policies, enhance public education, protect the environment and the park system, and increase corporate accountability and governmental transparency.

The Clement Kern Award for Social Impact is named for Monsignor Clement Kern, who was the legendary pastor of Most Holy Trinity in southwest Detroit for three decades. Father Kern was known as the “Conscience of Detroit” because of his passionate commitment to social justice and helping the poor and disenfranchised. Father Kern was very active in labor and civil rights issues.

In his acceptance speech, Levin shared three primary reasons the award was especially meaningful to him. First, Levin and his brother Sander both knew and admired Father Kern.  The second reason includes being honored together with Judge Keith, who was a close friend in the struggle to advance civil rights and civil justice.  And finally, because the award was coming from Southwest Solutions, which he praised as a pillar and force for good in the community.