PORTLAND — U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby will deliver the keynote address at the University of Maine School of Law’s commencement Saturday.

Hornby, district court judge for the District of Maine, joined the court in 1990 following his nomination by President George H.W. Bush. He served as chief judge from 1996 to 2003.

In 2009, Hornby received the  Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, which honors
a federal judge of national stature and exemplary contribution to justice. Hornby assumed senior status on the court in 2010.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1969, Hornby clerked for Hon. John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Hornby was associate professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law, then moved to Maine where he was in private practice.

He became a federal magistrate judge for the District of Maine in 1982 and held the position until his
appointment as an associate justice for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1988.

Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday in Merrill Auditorium. Ninety students will be awarded degrees.