Augusta lawyer Pat Rice was honored Thursday with the St. Thomas More Award at the 2012 Red Mass Awards Luncheon.
The award by the St. Thomas More Society recognizes specific actions of judges or lawyers for their public service as members of the legal society. The society is a group of Catholic, private lawyers dedicated to charity.
Rice is a partner in Hull Barrett and was nominated for the award by the federal judges in Augusta.
“Pat exemplifies doing good work for people in a crisis,” said Michael Sullivan, a past president of the society.
The society presented the awards during a luncheon in Atlanta that followed a special church service called Red Mass in which Archbishop Wilton Gregory preached and blessed the judges and lawyers.
Also honored were Carol Hunstein, the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, and lawyers H. Lane Dennard and Patrick C. DiCarlo. Past recipients are Judge Robert Castellani. Bryan Cavan, Judge Janis Gordon, Emmet J. Bondurant, Justice Norman S. Fletcher, Judge Sharon N. Hill, Judge John H. Ruffin. Jr., William J. Brennan, Jr., Douglas B. Ammar, Judge Doris Downs, Frank B. Strickland, Gov. Roy E. Barnes. Judge Marvin H. Shoob and Larry D. Thompson.