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Encyclopedia > Kermit Lipez

Kermit Victor Lipez (born 1941) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is the only active judge from Maine currently serving on that court. This article is about the year. ... A federal judge is a judge appointed in accordance with Article III of the United States Constitution. ... The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States District Courts: District of Maine District of Massachusetts District of New Hampshire District of Puerto Rico District of Rhode Island The court is based at the John Joseph... Official language(s) None (English de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ...


Judicial Service

Lipez's judicial career began with his service as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court, on which he served from 1985 to 1994. He was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1994, where he served until his investiture as a federal judge. In law, and more specifically, in the Anglo-American common law legal tradition, a superior court is a court of general jurisdiction over all, or major, civil and criminal cases. ... The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is the highest court in Maines judicial system. ...

President Bill Clinton nominated Lipez to the First Circuit on October 20, 1997, to fill a seat vacated when Judge Conrad K. Cyr took senior status. Lipez was confirmed by the Senate on April 2, 1998, and received his commission on April 7, 1998. William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Senior status is a form of semi-retirement for U.S. federal judges. ... Seal of the U.S. Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the other being the House of Representatives. ...


Lipez received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1963, and his LL.B. (law degree) from Yale Law School in 1967. Lipez also earned a LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... Haverford College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. ... The degree of Bachelor of Laws is the principal academic degree in law in most common law countries. ... The Sterling Law Building Sculptural ornamentation on the Sterling Law Building Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. ... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ... The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his academical village, the University of Virginia. ...

Professional Career

Lipez formerly served as a staff attorney in the United States Department of Justice Honor Program, Civil Rights Division, from 1967-1968. He then served as a special assistant and legal counsel to Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis from 1968-1971, and as a legislative aide to United States Senator Edmund Muskie from 1971-72, until entering private practice, where he stayed until joining the Maine trial court. DOJ headquarters in Washington, D.C. Justice Department redirects here. ... Official language(s) None (English de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... Kenneth Merwin Curtis (born February 8, 1931 in Leeds, Maine) is a former democratic politician, and is currently a principal in the law firm of Curtis Thaxter Stevens Broder & Micoleau Limited Liability Company, P.A. Curtis was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and received his law degree... Edmund Muskie (March 28, 1914 – March 26, 1996) was an American Democratic politician from Maine. ...

External links

  • Biography at Federal Judicial Center Website
Preceded by
Conrad K. Cyr
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Succeeded by



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