Kermit Lipez

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Kermit Lipez
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
April 7, 1998 – December 31, 2011
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Conrad Cyr
Succeeded by William Kayatta
Personal details
Born (1941-10-18) October 18, 1941 (age 77)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.[1]
Alma mater Haverford College
Yale University
University of Virginia

Kermit Victor Lipez (born October 18, 1941) is a federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[2]

Education and early career

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 an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990.[3]

Lipez formerly served as a staff attorney in the United States Department of Justice Honor Program, Civil Rights Division, from 1967 to 1968. He then served as a special assistant and legal counsel to Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis from 1968 to 1971, and as a legislative aide to United States Senator Edmund Muskie from 1971 to 1972, until entering private practice in Portland, Maine, where he stayed until joining the Maine trial court in 1985.

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.

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. He assumed senior status on December 31, 2011, and was succeeded by Judge William J. Kayatta, Jr.


  1. "Kermit Lipez" at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center
  2. Marie T. Finn (2010). Diane R. Irvine and Mary Lee Bliss, ed. The American Bench: Judges of the Nation. Forster-Long. p. 63. ISBN 978-0931398636.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Judges: Kermit V. Lipez". United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Retrieved 4 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Legal offices
Preceded by
Conrad Cyr
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Succeeded by
William Kayatta