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The Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award was created in memory of the Honorable Morton A. Brody, a U.S. District Court judge who passed away in March 2000. Judge Brody led an exemplary career as a lawyer, judge, and civic leader. A long-time friend of the College, he taught courses at Colby on the judicial system and was the husband of former Associate Dean of Admissions Judith Brody '58.
At the request of the Brody family, in keeping with Judge Brody's distinguished service to both the state and federal judiciary, the College has accepted gifts given in his memory to establish an endowment to support a biennial event on the campus to honor an outstanding United States federal or state judge who embodies the same qualities of integrity, compassion, humanity, and judicial craftsmanship as were exhibited by Judge Brody throughout his lifetime.
To learn more about Judge Brody, his extraordinary career, and his work in the community, please click here.
2014 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Ceremony
Sunday, April 6
"Judge Hornby's exemplary career has earned him the deep respect and admiration of his peers in the judicial community. This award reflects his tremendous contributions to the judiciary, his brilliant legal ability, and his dedication to the law."
– U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Edward J. Devitt Award Ceremony, 2008
Hornby clerked for United States Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom from 1969 until 1970. He next became a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he taught from 1970 until 1974, achieving tenure in 1973. After several years in private practice in Portland, Hornby served as Maine's first full time United States Magistrate Judge from 1982 until 1988.
Hornby was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor McKernan on June 10, 1988. He served in that capacity until May 7, 1990, when he resigned to accept an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to become the 13th federal judge for the District of Maine. From 1996 until 2003, he served as the Chief Judge of the District of Maine. Hornby assumed senior status on May 1, 2010.
In 2008, Hornby was awarded the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award by the American Judicature Society. The award, made annually, honors federal judges whose careers have been exemplary, measured by their significant contributions to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law and the improvement of society as a whole.
2014 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Panel
Techno-Snooping: Privacy, Technology and the Evolving Rule of Law
Sunday, April 6
Benjamin Franklin once remarked, "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Indeed, the right to privacy is a bedrock democratic principle, but Americans also expect government to ensure their safety.
The struggle to find a proper balance between privacy and security is not new, of course, but it has taken on a greater urgency with the exposure of classified domestic surveillance by the NSA. The issue goes beyond national security to a host of law enforcement questions, as well. Will decades-old search and seizure rules apply in the information age? Will precedents based on outdated technologies have relevance in the years ahead? Simply stated, has the proliferation of digital data and advanced surveillance technologies redefined the privacy/security debate?
The 2014 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Panel Discussion will bring together renowned jurists, scholars and authors to answer these questions and others. The pace of "techno-snooping" has accelerated. This panel will illuminate how we got here, emerging court battles and the broad range of implications.
The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia