“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
D. Brock Hornby was born on April 21, 1944 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada to William Ralph and RethaPatricia (Fox) Hornby. He was raised in Canada, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He earned a law degree from Harvard Law School where he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor for The Harvard Law Review (Vol. 83). He later became a naturalized United States citizen while living in Virginia.
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.