PORTLAND — President Obama will choose between a Cape Elizabeth lawyer and a Portland judge to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.
U.S. Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, both D-Maine, have nominated William Kayatta Jr. of Cape Elizabeth and Justice Jon Levy of Portland to replace Judge Kermit Lipez.
Lipez, a South Portland resident, is taking active retired status at the end of the year.
Obama will forward the name of either Kayatta, a partner at Portland-based Pierce Atwood, or Levy, an associate justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.
Kayatta and Levy were unanimously recommended by a panel led by Peter Detroy, a partner at Portland-based Norman, Hansen and DeTroy.