Kermit Victor Lipez

Hon. Kermit Victor Lipez
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Address: John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2500
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (207) 822-0455
Fax: (617) 478-4081
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Position Education
Lawyer Profile:

Judge Lipez was appointed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in April 1998 and assumed senior status on December 31, 2011. He graduated from Haverford College in 1963 and Yale Law School in 1967. He earned his LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990. Judge Lipez participated in the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program as a Staff Attorney in the Civil Rights Division from 1967 to 1968. He then served as Special Assistant and Legal Counsel to Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis from 1968 to 1971 and as a Legislative Aide for United States Senator Edmund S. Muskie from 1971 to 1972. Judge Lipez worked in private practice in Portland, Maine from 1973 to 1985, before he was appointed Justice of the Maine Superior Court, where he served from 1985 to 1994. In 1994, he was elevated to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, where he served until he was appointed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. Chambers phone number: (207) 822-0455.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Circuit Judge, since December 31, 2011

Appointed 1998 by William J. Clinton
Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1967

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990

Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1963

Past Employment Positions:
U.S. Department of Justice Honor Program, Staff Attorney, Civil Rights Division, 1967 - 1968

Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, Special Assistant and Legal Counsel, 1968 - 1971

United States Senator Edmund S. Muskie, Legislative Aide, 1971 - 1972

Private Practice, Portland, Maine, 1973 - 1985

Maine Superior Court, Justice, 1985 - 1994

Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Justice, 1994 - 1998

Birth Information:
1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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