Kermit Victor Lipez was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 18, 1941. He grew up in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and attended Haverford College and later Yale Law School. He worked for the Civil Rights division of the Department of Justice. Lipez began working for Governor Ken Curtis in September 1968, and after three years became a legislative aide in Muskie’s Senate office preparing statements and research for Muskie’s speechwriters. After a year, he returned to Maine and authored the book: Kenneth Curtis of Maine: Profile of a Governor. He opened a private law firm in Maine in 1975, and Ken Curtis joined the practice. He became a judge of the Superior Court in 1985, was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and later to the U.S. Federal First District Court of Appeals.
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