Barry Sullivan Law Cup 2021

Date & Time

  • May 11
  • 04:00 PM - 07:30 PM


  • Online, BC
  • via Zoom

The Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch is pleased to announce that this year’s Barry Sullivan Law Cup will be hosted on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm (PT) online via Zoom.

 The topic for this year’s public speaking event is:

Courts, administrative tribunals, teachers and, even parents strive to present a fair hearing when parties are attempting to resolve a dispute. 

How do considerations of diversity and inclusion impact what is “fair” within the Canadian legal system? 

The Barry Sullivan Law Cup is a province-wide public speaking competition honouring the memory of Barry Sullivan and his contributions to both the legal and educational professions. Finalists will be judged by legal and academic professionals, which have also included from previous years, Judges from the Courts in British Columbia and representatives from UBC and the media. Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 from all regions of B.C. are encouraged to apply.

This year’s winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500. Second and third places will receive $250 and $150 respectively.

Due to the pandemic, this regularly scheduled in-person event will be hosted online. As such, participants will need to have, or have access to, the following:

  • A computer with functioning speakers, camera, and microphone
  • Good internet connectivity to reduce disruptions during the event

The event will be divided in two parts:

  1. Preliminary Round: Students will be divided into small groups (breakout rooms) to deliver their speeches to the preliminary judges.
  2. Final Round: Winners per breakout room are announced; they will move forward to compete against a smaller group of participants to the championship judges.

Further detailed instructions about the Zoom event will follow after participant confirmation.

Interested in being a judge, MC or timekeeper in the preliminary round?

Contact CBABC Events at

Due the popularity of this event, we request that schools limit their registrants to a maximum of five (5) students. We will gladly accept additional names to be placed on a wait list.  Below is the application form and competition rules.   


Deadline to receive applications is Friday, April 30, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the application or event details, please email CBABC Events at

Thank you and we look forward to your submissions for this exciting online event.