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U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby to Speak at Maine Law’s Commencement

The Honorable David Brock Hornby, U.S. district court judge for the District of Maine, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Maine School of Law’s 2011 Commencement, scheduled for 10 a.m., this Saturday, May 21, in Merrill Auditorium, Portland. 

Hornby joined the court in 1990 after his nomination by President George H.W. Bush and was chief judge from 1996 to 2003.  In 2009, he received the prestigious Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, an annual honor given to a federal judge of national stature and exemplary contribution to justice.  Hornby assumed senior status on the court in May 2010.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1969, Hornby clerked for Hon. John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Following his clerkship, he served as an associate professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, then moved to Maine and engaged in private legal practice.  In 1982, Hornby became a federal magistrate judge for the District of Maine, a position he held until his appointment as an associate justice for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1988.

Hornby was born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.  He graduated from the University of Western Ontario and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard Law, he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor for the Harvard Law Review.

 Ninety students will be awarded degrees at Saturday’s ceremony.