Catch a rising star — nominate them for the Douglas Miller Rising Star Award

  • September 24, 2019

Most law firm leaders are—or should be—on alert for a fresh star performer and a leader in the legal community. Now, industry leaders can recognize an up-and-coming lawyer by nominating him or her for the Douglas Miller Rising Star Award, to be given out for the first time in 2020.

The Douglas Miller Award was first presented in 1996 to a CBA member who demonstrates outstanding dedication and team spirit in his or her ongoing involvement with the association. As part of the CBA’s review of its awards programs and in consultation with the family of the late Douglas Miller, the award name has been revised and the criteria has been reoriented to recognize an individual in the early stages of his or her career.

The new nomination criteria set out to reward those who already demonstrate characteristics of leadership to the profession. Nominees must be under 40 years of age and/or within their first ten years of call to the bar—and be CBA members in good standing. In selecting a winner, the candidates are assessed on how they exhibit:

  • professional excellence;
  • service to the profession; and
  • outstanding dedication and team spirit in his or her ongoing involvement with the CBA.

Nominations are due by Friday, November 8, 2019. Applications are reviewed by the CBA Award Selection Panel and a recommendation will be made to the CBA’s Governance and Equality Committee. The award—a framed photograph of the sculpture entitled "Crane" carved from Muskox horn by Northwest Territories artist Rex Goose—will be presented at the President's Dinner on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Ottawa.

The award is named in honor of Douglas Miller of Yellowknife, an active CBA member who participated enthusiastically in association activities, enjoying both the work and the people involved.

For more information, contact: Rachelle Watson, Project Manager,