Cape Elizabeth, Portland residents on Appeals Court short list

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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.