Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award


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
5:30 p.m.
Colby College, Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium

Judge D. Brock Hornby
U.S. District Court of Maine

"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, 2009

D. Brock Hornby was born on April 21, 1944 on the Canadian Prairies in Brandon, Manitoba to William Ralph and Retha Patricia (Fox) Hornby.  He was raised in Canada, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1965.  Four years later Judge Hornby earned a law degree from Harvard Law School where he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor for The Harvard Law Review. He hornbybecame a naturalized United States citizen while living in Virginia. He has been married to Helaine Cora (Mandel) Hornby for forty-five years and together they have two children and five grandchildren.
Judge Hornby clerked for United States Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom in New Orleans from 1969 until 1970, and then became a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He taught at that school from 1970 until 1974, achieving tenure in 1973.  He then entered into a successful private practice in Portland, Maine, and later served as Maine's first full time United States Magistrate Judge from 1982 until 1988.

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 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
4 p.m.
Colby College, Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium

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.

Panelists Include:

The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia
J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP
, President and CEO, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
William P. Marshall
, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Ginger McCall
-- Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Director, EPIC's Open Government Project and EPIC IPIOP Program