The Hon. Jon D. Levy, U.S. District Judge in Maine, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s commencement for the University of Maine School of Law on May 20.
Jon D. Levy was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine in September 2013, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2014. He is the 18th judge appointed to serve in the District of Maine since the court was established in 1789.
Prior to his confirmation as a federal judge, Judge Levy served as an Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 2002-2014. He began his judicial career in 1995 when he was appointed to serve as a Judge of the State of Maine District Court. He held the position of Chief Judge of the Maine District Court at the time of his nomination to the Supreme Judicial Court. As Chief Judge of the Maine District Court, Judge Levy launched Maine’s first domestic violence courts.
Judge Levy has been involved in a variety of initiatives that seek to improve the administration of justice in Maine’s courts, with an emphasis on ensuring equal access to civil justice. He served as the Chair of the Maine Justice Action Group, the state’s equal access to justice coalition, from 2008-2014. He served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense from 2013-2016.
Judge Levy graduated from Syracuse University and the West Virginia University College of Law with honors. His book, Maine Family Law, was first published in 1988 and remains a leading treatise on family law practice.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Maine Law will award eighty-three J.D. degrees and five LL.M. degrees. Family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony, and tickets are not required.