The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement honored Maine U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby with the 2014 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The award, given biennially, honors 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.
Judge 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. Judge Hornby assumed senior status on May 1, 2010. Over his judicial career, he has presided over several complex multi-district litigation matters and has accepted a number of national judicial administrative assignments from Chief Justices Burger, Rehnquist and Roberts respectively. In 2009, Judge Hornby was awarded the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award by the American Judicature Society.
The evening also included a panel discussion entitled, “Techno-Snooping: Privacy, Technology, and the Evolving Rule of Law,” which explored issues surrounding the struggle to find a balance between the right to privacy and national security.
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