Federal Judge is 2013 L. Kinvin Wroth Award Winner
April 2, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – The Honorable John A. Woodcock Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, will be the recipient of the 2013 L. Kinvin Wroth Award at the University of Maine School of Law Commencement Ceremony this May.
The award, named after former Dean L. Kinvin Wroth, honors a Maine Law graduate who has achieved distinction in his or her career by contributing as a leader, locally, nationally or globally, and who has helped advance his or her alma mater. The award is presented annually at the Maine Law commencement, which is scheduled to be held this year at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. The Law School will award J.D. degrees to 97 graduates, as well as two LL.M. (post-professional Masters of Law) degrees.
Judge Woodcock, a Bangor native, received his Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and his Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics. He graduated from Maine Law in 1976. Judge Woodcock returned to Bangor, where he was in private practice for many years, arguing nearly 50 cases before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Judge Woodcock also continued his family’s tradition of community involvement, serving on the boards or otherwise supporting organizations and institutions including Eastern Maine Medical Center, Eastern Maine Charities, the Maine State Commission on Arts and Humanities, the Good Samaritan Agency, the Bangor Children’s Home and others.
Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Woodcock also played an active role in improving the standards of the legal profession, serving on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility. President George W. Bush nominated Judge Woodcock in 2003 for the seat vacated by U.S. District Court Judge Gene Carter. The Senate confirmed the nomination on June 12, 2003. At the time, he was only the 16th judge to join the court in its 214-year history.