Judge Jon D. Levy to Begin Term as Chief Judge




**Press Release**

December 31, 2018


Judge Jon D. Levy to Begin Term as Chief Judge



Judge Jon D. Levy will begin his term as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine on January 1, 2019. Judge Levy succeeds Judge Nancy Torresen as she ends her term as Chief Judge on December 31, 2018.


Judge 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 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2014.  Judge Levy 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 to 2014.  Judge Levy 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 Maine Supreme Judicial Court. 


Judge Levy is a graduate of Syracuse University and the West Virginia University College of Law.  Prior to moving to Maine in 1982, he worked under U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, in West Virginia, and the late U.S. District Judge William W. Justice in Texas.  From 1983 to 1994 Judge Levy engaged in a private law practice in York, Maine.  His book, Maine Family Law, was first published in 1988 and remains a leading treatise on family law. Judge Levy currently serves as the District of Maine’s representative on the First Circuit Judicial Council; the Chair of the District of Maine’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee; and as a Representative of the U.S. First Circuit to the Federal Judges Association.


Judge Nancy Torresen’s tenure as Chief Judge began on January 6, 2015.  A graduate of Hope College and the University of Michigan School of Law, Judge Torresen was appointed by President Barack H. Obama on October 11, 2011.  She currently serves as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and presides over the District of Maine’s first post-sentence re-entry program called SWITCH (Success with the Court’s Help).


The Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court serves as the Court’s chief judicial officer and as the leader of the Court’s administrative operations.  In the District of Maine, the Chief Judge oversees a budget of more than $5.6 million and a staff of more than 100 employees, including the judicial support staff and the employees of the Clerk’s Office, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office. 



For more information, please contact Christa K. Berry, Clerk of Court, Edward T. Gignoux United States Courthouse, 156 Federal St., Portland, Me. 04101; (207) 780-3356