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Justice Charles L. Levin

Justice Charles L. Levin, 94, of Detroit, Michigan, died on 19 November 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE on Friday, 20 November 2020 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and Rabbi Asher Eizenberger officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Charles L. Levin was born on April 28, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1946 and an LL.B. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1947.

After graduation, he clerked for Judge Charles C. Simons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1950, he joined the firm Levin, Levin, Garvett & Dill, founded by his father Theodore and Uncle Saul Levin, where he practiced corporate, real estate and tax law for 17 years.

His career in public service began in 1966 when he was elected to fill a vacancy on the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1972, he was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court after forming his own political party – the Non-Partisan Judicial Party – to focus attention on the need for non-partisan judicial selection. He served on the Supreme Court for 24 years, until his retirement in 1996.

On the Court, Justice Levin earned a reputation for scholarship, independence, and fidelity to the common-law tradition of judging. His opinions have been widely published and taught in law schools throughout the United States.

After leaving the bench, Justice Levin continued to stay active in the law by sitting by designation on the Court of Appeals and representing indigent criminal defendants.

Justice Levin is survived by his former wife and best friend Judge Helene White, his children, Amy (Matt) Levin Ragen, Fredrick Stuart (Marsha) Levin, Benjamin Joseph White Levin and Francesca Rhoda White Levin, and his grandchildren, Jacob Eliot Ragen, Joshua Brooks Ragen, and Emily Rose Levin, and siblings Mimi (Charles z”l) Levin Lieber, Daniel (Fay Hartog) Levin, and Joseph (Diana McBroom) Levin. He was previously married to the late Dr. Patricia Oppenheim Levin Rice z”l. His oldest son Arthur David Levin z”l passed away in 2009. He is also survived by a loving extended family and many grateful law clerks.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Justice Charles L. Levin may do so by making a contribution to:

Moran-Olsson Exoneree Support Charitable Trust
1213 Dhu Varren Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105