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234 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE 57 lawyers, judges, legal academics and community members have served on the board and its committees. Over the past 20 years, the BCLI has released 62 reports. Recommendations from 14 reports have been implemented, either substantially or in part, through legislation in the province, including: • Trustee Act; • Charitable Purposes Preservation Act; • Land Title Act; • Wills, Estates and Succession Act; • Family Law Act; • Limitation Act; • Societies Act; • Strata Property Act; • Franchise Act; and • Community Care and Assisted Living Act. The report on unnecessary requirements for sworn statements alone has led to amendments in 23 statutes. Some reports are comprehensive study papers that serve as a valuable resource for legal researchers and advocates, while others are structured as practical guides such as the Questions and Answers about Pension Division on the Breakdown of a Relationship in British Columbia report, the project on Potential Undue Influence: Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners, and the Questions and Answers on the New Builders Lien Act report. The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”), a division of the BCLI established in 2003, has completed some 24 projects ranging from research and study papers to the development of tools and resources for professionals, seniors-serving agencies and seniors themselves. It has also hosted seven national elder law conferences. The eighth will be held on November 2 and 3, 2017. The conference is attended by legal and other allied professionals and academics from across Canada, the U.S. and as far away as Australia, Europe and Africa. Average attendance in the early years of the CCEL’s existence was 125–150 and in some years as high as 200. In the early years, the BCLI had a core staff of two, supported by law students and part-time contractors. Today, we have a core staff of five and, at any given time, three to five part-time and full-time contractors and law students. Over the years, over 45 summer students and co-op students have worked with the BCLI and CCEL, and nine articled students have completed a part of their articles with us.


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