The Law Society Award honours the lifetime contribution of the truly exceptional in the legal profession.

Offered every two years, the award is based on the criteria of integrity, professional achievement, service and law reform. The award is made primarily in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the legal profession or the law, but public service outside the profession will be considered.

Richard C.C. Peck, QC and President Miriam Kresivo, QC
Law Society Award for 2018

The Benchers selected Richard C.C. Peck, QC as the recipient of the Law Society Award for 2018. The award was presented to Peck at the Bench and Bar Dinner on November 7, 2018 (pictured at left with President Miriam Kresivo, QC).

In 1974, Peck graduated from the UBC Faculty of Law. After being called to the bar in 1975, he took on difficult legal aid cases for marginalized clients and forged a reputation for excellence in advocacy, integrity and unimpeachable good character. In 1987, Peck received the Queen's Counsel designation. Since 1992, he has been a founding partner at Peck and Company, one of Canada's leading criminal litigation firms.

In addition to maintaining his legal practice, Peck took on numerous leadership roles. He served as a Law Society Bencher from 1988 to 1997, Chair of the CBA National Criminal Justice Section, Governor of the Law Foundation of BC, Vice-chair of the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of BC, and Chair of the Regional Committee for BC for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute.

Throughout his impressive career, Peck made extraordinary contributions to legal education in the areas of criminal law, advocacy and ethics. He has written numerous articles on criminal law and edited several legal publications on the history and reform of criminal law. For decades, he has been a regular guest lecturer at various conferences, PLTC courses, the Inns of Court and other programs. Peck also co-founded the Trial Advocacy program at UBC Law. His advocacy shaped the development of substantive criminal law and Charter jurisprudence in Canada.

Peck frequently assists other lawyers in need of advice or guidance, and has mentored numerous articled students and young lawyers who have gone on to become exceptional advocates, judges and law school professors.

For more than 40 years, Peck has upheld the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and community service, making enormous contributions to legal education, advocacy and the administration of justice.

Past recipients

Richard C.C. Peck, QC (2018)
Constance D. Isherwood, QC (2016)
John Hunter, QC (2014)
Marvin Storrow, QC (2012)
The Hon. John Charles Bouck (honoured posthumously, 2010)
John McAlpine, QC (2008)
Charles C. Locke, QC (2006)
Richard R. Sugden, QC (2004)
The Hon. Kenneth E. Meredith (2002)
The Hon. E.N. (Ted) Hughes, QC (2000)
The Hon. Martin R. Taylor, QC (1998)
Alfred Watts, QC (1996)
Mr. Justice Peter D. Seaton (honoured posthumously, 1994)
Chief Justice J.O. Wilson (honoured posthumously, 1992)
Oscar F. Orr, MBE, OBC, QC (1988)
Dean Emeritus George F. Curtis, QC (1986)