THE ADVOCATE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 233 NEWS FROM BC LAW INSTITUTE By Lisa A. Peters, Q.C.* CELEBRATING 20 YEARS Twenty years ago, on January 6, 1997, an enterprising group of lawyers1 incorporated the British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) under the Society Act. Thanks to their vision and financial support from the Law Foundation, the CBABC and the Law Society, the important work of law reform previously carried on by the British Columbia Law Reform Commission was continued in a new vehicle. On January 26, 2017 we held our first event celebrating this milestone at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria. It was an opportunity to reflect on the many memories and highlights over the years and to say thank you to our volunteer committee and board members, funders and supporters, both past and present. Our next event will take place in Vancouver on May 11, 2017. We invite you to visit our 20th anniversary webpage2 for event photos and news and to subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. While you are on the website, check out the short video where current and past board and committee members and staff share some of their memories and thoughts on the BCLI. We would like to thank to our sponsors who have helped make our celebrations possible.3 In 2007 our first executive director, Arthur Close, Q.C., contributed a tenyear retrospective to the Advocate in three parts. In this article, we will look back on our history through the lens of pertinent statistics. At the end of the first year after incorporation, 13 members had been appointed to our board of directors. Today we have 16 members, 10 appointed by stakeholder bodies and 6 members-at-large. Since 1997 some * Lisa A. Peters, Q.C., is the chair of the BCLI. She also knows how to get an injunction to stop someone from practising piano too frequently.
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