Portrait Unveiling Ceremony for Judge D. Brock Hornby

United States District Court

District of Maine

**Press Release**

August 17, 2016

Portrait Unveiling Ceremony for Judge D. Brock Hornby

            On Friday, August 12, 2016, the Bench and Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine presented the portrait of Senior District Judge D. Brock Hornby to the Court in a special reception at the U.S. Custom House on Fore Street in Portland. The event was hosted by Judge Hornby’s current and former law clerks. The portrait is a gift to the Court from the federal bar of this Court.  Brief remarks were made by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen, Senior District Judge George Z. Singal and Zachary Hornby, son of Judge Hornby.

            The portrait was painted by renowned portrait artist Kyle Keith, of Jacksonville, Florida. It will be the first portrait to be displayed in Courtroom Two of the Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse, which Judge Hornby helped to design and where he has presided since its construction. The portrait shows him standing by the Courtroom’s rear windows holding the Pattern Jury Instructions, a work for which he was responsible and that is used throughout the First Circuit.

            Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, Judge Hornby obtained his B.A. at the University of Western Ontario and his J.D. from Harvard University, where he was an officer of the Harvard Law Review. He then clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and taught at the University of Virginia Law School, where he was then the youngest professor to be awarded tenure. He became a naturalized United States citizen in Abingdon, Virginia.

            During his law practice years, 1974 to 1982, he was a partner at Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley & Keddy. He also served as President of the Portland Society of Art, which was then overseeing both the Portland Museum of Art and the Portland School of Art, now MECA. While he was President, the School of Art obtained NEASC accreditation and the Museum, with Charles Shipman Payson’s support, acquired the real estate facing Congress Square and engaged architect Henry N. Cobb to design its new building.

            In 1982, Judge Hornby was appointed as the District of Maine’s first full-time magistrate judge. In 1988 he became an Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and then in 1990, President George H.W. Bush nominated him to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maine. He served as chief judge from 1996 to 2003, and took senior status in 2010.

            Along with his judicial responsibilities, Judge Hornby has travelled to teach judges and lawyers both in the United States and all over the world. He has been published in legal periodicals on topics affecting federal judges, but most notably in genres that go beyond the typical legal literature – specializing in fables, beatitudes, jeremiads and fictional conversations among lawyers, judges and legal academics.

            Three successive Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have appointed Judge Hornby to active roles on national judicial committees. Over the years, Judge Hornby has served as a member and then Chair of the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, Chair of the Committee on the Judicial Branch, Chair of the Federal Judicial Center’s District Judge Education Committee, and as a member of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act Study Committee, a special committee formed by Chief Justice Rehnquist. He has also served on the Judicial Conference and its Executive Committee.

            In 2009, Judge Hornby received the 27th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award in a ceremony held at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Previous Devitt Award recipients include Maine’s District Judge Edward T. Gignoux and First Circuit Judge Frank M. Coffin. In 2014, Judge Hornby received the Morton A. Brody Award and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College.

            Judge Hornby and his wife Helaine have two children, Kirstin and Zachary, and five grandchildren, Kirstin’s sons Lincoln and Beckett, and Zach and Denise Hornby’s children Alyssa, Chloe and Zed. Helaine is a principal of Hornby Zeller Associates, a management consulting firm with offices in four states that assists state governments nationwide.

            Judge Hornby continues to render substantial service to the District of Maine as a Senior Judge with a full caseload.  He serves on the Council of the American Law Institute and the Maine State-Federal Judicial Council.  In 2016, Judge Hornby authored two articles in Judicature - “The Decline in Federal Civil Trials” and “Federal Judges and Public Attention”.  He also authored articles for The Green Bag including “Fables in the Law” in 2015 and “Chief Justices in Maine” in 2016.

For more information about the ceremony, contact the Clerk of Court, Christa Berry at 207-780-3356.