At the Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Conference in Saskatoon, the Honourable Eric Rice was awarded the CBA President’s Award.
Only given in years where there is a deserving candidate, the CBA President’s Award recognizes a candidate that meets at least one of the following criteria:
- has made a significant contribution to the legal profession;
- has made a significant contribution to the CBA; or
- has made a significant contribution to public life in Canada.
According to current CBA President Robert Brun Q.C., “Eric Rice’s contribution to our profession and to the CBA spans the last 35 years. Throughout that time, including his tenure as President of the CBA, he has promoted the value of continuing professional development and education. In a world of rapid changes, he has helped us to fully understand that lifelong learning for lawyers is the key to our future.”
Eric was President of the BC Branch of the CBA in 1995 and the national CBA President in 2001-2002, a pivotal year for the CBA. He has also served on and chaired a number of national committees for the CBA over the years.
A litigator with Campbell Froh May & Rice in Richmond, B.C. for most of his career, Eric Rice was appointed to the Supreme Court of BC in 2003. Mr. Rice retired in 2011, as the symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease had become more severe.
Congratulations to a very deserving award winner!