WATERVILLE – Distinguished judge and legal scholar Guido Calabresi will receive the first Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award in a ceremony April 18 at Colby College in Waterville.
Calabresi, a federal judge in the 2nd Circuit (New York area), is best known for his legal decisions dealing with “core-value” issues from discrimination to common decency.
He was selected to receive the inaugural Morton A. Brody award because he, like Brody, demonstrated an interest in the progress of young people. Like Judge Brody, Calabresi brings “compassion and humanitarianism” to the federal bench, said D. Brock Hornby, chief U.S. District judge for Maine.
Judge Brody worked on federal issues affecting Maine until his death on March 25, 2000. At the time of his death at age 66, Brody, had served nine years as a U.S. District Judge in Bangor.
Brody lived in Waterville with his family and, over several years, had taught courses on the judicial system at Colby College.
Before his 1994 appointment as a U.S. Circuit Court Judge, Calabresi was dean and Sterling Professor at the Yale Law School.
Well-known in legal circles, Calabresi has issued brilliant decisions in the legal area of torts (wrongdoings), and economic analysis, Hornby said.
Born in Italy, Calabresi immigrated to the United States as a child in 1939. He earned a law degree at Yale and bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Oxford University. He was a Rhodes scholar.
After graduating first in his class from Yale Law School, he served as a clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court before returning to Yale to teach.
Calabresi has written four books. Two of them won American Bar Association book awards. They are titled: “A Common Law for the Age of Statutes,” published in 1982; and “ldeals, Beliefs, Attitudes and the Law: Private Law Perspectives on a Public Law Problem,” published in 1985.
Hornby heads the Brody award selection committee. The committee includes active and retired judges, attorneys, legal educators, representatives of Colby College and a member of the Brody family.