Kermit Lipez
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Kermit Lipez
Kermit Victor Lipez
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

December 31, 2011
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

April 7, 1998 - December 31, 2011
Bill Clinton
Conrad K. Cyr
William J. Kayatta Jr.
Personal details
Kermit Victor Lipez

(1941-08-18) August 18, 1941 (age 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EducationHaverford College (B.A.)
Yale Law School (LL.B.)
University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M.)

Kermit Victor Lipez (born August 18, 1941) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[1]

Education and early career

Lipez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College in 1963 and his Bachelor of Laws from Yale Law School in 1967.[2] Lipez also earned a Master of Laws 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.[2]

State 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.

Federal judicial service

President Bill Clinton nominated Lipez to the United States Court of Appeals for 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.[2]

In August 2017, Lipez dissented when the en banc circuit, in an opinion by Judge Kayatta, rejected a lawsuit seeking to give Puerto Ricans the right to vote.[4][5]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c "Lipez, Kermit Victor - Federal Judicial Center".
  3. ^ "Judges: Kermit V. Lipez". United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Note, Recent Case: First Circuit Denies En Banc Petition's Claim of Nonapportionment to Puerto Rico, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1155 (2018).
  5. ^ Igartúa v. Trump, 868 F.3d 24 (1st Cir. 2017) (mem.).


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Preceded by
Conrad K. Cyr

Succeeded by
William J. Kayatta Jr.

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