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U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby to Speak at Maine Law’s Commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2011

The University of Maine School of Law is honored to announce that U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby will be the keynote speaker at the Law School’s upcoming 2011 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 am in the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. All family, friends, alumni and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Honorable David Brock Hornby is a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Maine. He 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. Judge Hornby assumed senior status on the court in May 2010.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1969, Judge 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, Judge 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.

Judge D. Brock 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.

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