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Peck to receive B.C. Law Society Award for 2018

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 @ 11:57 AM | By John Chunn


Law Society of British Columbia benchers have selected Richard C.C. Peck as the recipient of the 2018 Law Society Award. Peck will be presented with the award at the bench and bar dinner on Nov. 7, 2018; for more information and to buy tickets, go to the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch website.

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 a 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 B.C. 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 B.C.; and chair of the Regional Committee for B.C. 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.