Jon Levy

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Jon Levy
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Maine
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   75-20
Active:   5/2/2014-Present
Past post:   Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Past term:   2002-2014
Past post 2:   Judge, Maine district courts
Past term 2:   1995-2002
Personal History
Born:   March 18, 1954
Hometown:   Portland, Maine
Undergraduate:   Syracuse University, B.S., 1976
Law School:   West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1979

Jon D. Levy is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maine. Prior to joining the court, he served as an associate justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He was appointed to the state's highest court in March 7, 2002[1] by then-governor Angus King, an independent. He was re-appointed by Governor John Baldacci on February 4, 2009. His seven-year term would have ended in 2016.[2][3][4]

On September 19, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Levy to the United States District Court for the District of Maine.[5] The United States Senate confirmed Levy on April 30, 2014 on a vote of 75-20.[6] Jon Levy received commission on May 2, 2014.[7]


Levy earned his B.S. from Syracuse University in 1976 and his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1979.[8]

Professional career

  • 2001-2002: Chief Judge
  • 2000-2001: Deputy Chief Judge
  • 1995-2000: District Court Judge, Tenth District

Judicial career

District of Maine

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Jon Levy
 Court:District of Maine
 Progress:Confirmed 223 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:September 19, 2013
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:December 19, 2013
ApprovedAReported:January 16, 2014 
ApprovedAConfirmed:April 30, 2014
 Vote: 75-20

Levy was nominated to succeed Judge George Singal, who assumed senior status on July 31, 2013. Levy's name was forwarded by a judicial screening panel and recommended by Senators Susan Collins and Angus King. In a joint statement, Collins and King said:

During his long and distinguished career as both an attorney and a judge, Jon has had a significant impact on the Maine judicial system by virtue of his intelligence and service to the court. His nomination deserves bipartisan support.[5][10]

The American Bar Association rated Levy Well Qualified by a substantial majority and Qualified by the minority.[11]

Levy's nomination was returned by the Senate on January 3, 2014, and he was renominated on January 6th by President Obama.[12]

Levy was reported to the full Senate on January 16, 2014 after a 15-2 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.[13] The Senate confirmed Levy on April 30, 2014 on a vote of 75-20.[6]

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

Levy had his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 19, 2013 after a one day delay. The delay occurred when the "two-hour rule" was invoked. The "two-hour rule" is a procedure rule that allows a committee meeting to be delayed up to two hours after a full Senate session. Republicans used the rule in an ongoing protest of the change to the filibuster rules.[14] The delay kept Levy and four other nominees from getting a hearing on December 18, 2013.[15]

Reactions to confirmation

With today’s strong bipartisan vote, it’s clear the U.S. Senate shares my belief that Justice Levy’s sharp intellect, impartial judgment, and extensive legal experience, both in private practice and as a state judge, make him extremely well-qualified to join the federal bench.


—Sen. Angus King (I-ME), [16]


U.S. Reps Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree recommended Levy to President Obama in May of 2011 for a federal judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[17]

Awards and associations


  • 2006: Outstanding Member Award, York County Bar Association
  • 2001: Family Law Achievement Award, Maine State Bar Association
  • 1979: Order of the Coif, West Virginia University College of Law
  • 1979: West Virginia Law School Association Award
  • 1979: James F. Brown Constitutional Law Award, West Virginia University College of Law


  • 2005-Present: Director and Treasurer, William Vaughan House Condominium Association
  • 2002-2005: Gignoux Inn of Court
  • 1990-1995: York Hosipital Board of Trustees
  • 1994-1995: Vice-Chair of the Board
  • 1993-1994: Chair of the Finance Committee
  • 1990-1994: Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • 1988-1994: YORKWISE
  • 1988-1990: Pine Tree Legal Assistance Board of Directors[9]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Levy received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -1.01 that justices received in Maine. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[18]

See also

External links


  1. Maine Supreme Court justices since 1820
  2. Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  3. Gov. Baldacci 2009 Appointments
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official biography of Judge Levy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Portland Press Herald, "Obama nominates Maine judge for federal bench," September 19, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 United States Senate, "On the Nomination (Confirmation Jon David Levy, of Maine, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maine)," accessed May 1, 2014
  7. Federal Judiciary Center, "Levy, Jon David," accessed May 5, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Cleaves Law Library biography of Jon Levy
  9. 9.0 9.1 Senate Judiciary Committee, "Questions for Judicial Nominees," accessed April 14, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. White House, "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," January 7, 2014
  13. The Library of Congress, "PN1214-113," accessed April 14, 2014
  14. Morning Sentinel, "Republicans use rule to block hearing for Maine judge," December 18, 2013
  15. The Atlantic, "A New GOP Stall Tactic in the War Over Judicial Nominees," December 18, 2013
  16. The Forecaster, "U.S. Senate confirms Maine Justice Jon Levy of Portland for federal bench," April 30, 2014
  17. Daily Journal, "Maine judge, attorney nominated to serve on 1st Circuit Court of Appeals," May 27, 2011
  18. Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by:
George Singal
District of Maine
Seat #3
Succeeded by:

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