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BC LAW INSTITUTE
By Thomas L. Spraggs*
In January 2019 we welcomed Jennifer Davenport, appointee of the Law
Society of British Columbia, to the board of the BC Law Institute (“BCLI”).
Having served 20 years at the office of the Public Guardian and Trustee of
British Columbia, Jennifer brings with her significant experience in areas
of the law relating to children, vulnerable adults and succession. She was
appointed Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee in 2012. Prior to this,
Jennifer spent 12 years as legal counsel to the Public Guardian and Trustee
in both the Child and Youth Services and Services to Adults divisions.
For readers not familiar with BCLI, unlike traditional law reform commissions
(such as BCLI’s predecessor, the B.C. Law Reform Commission), BCLI
is a society established under B.C.’s former Society Act in 1997. In 2003 BCLI
established a new division, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”). As
a non-partisan organization, the BCLI’s broad purposes are to:
• promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its
adaptation to modern social needs;
• promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect
for the rule of law; and
• promote and carry out scholarly legal research.
BCLI carries out scholarly research, engages in law reform, collaborates
with government and other entities, and provides materials and support for
outreach and public information. CCEL carries out similar work focused on
issues of interest to older adults. Readers are invited to BCLI’s website to
view BCLI’s 20th anniversary video “Tending to our Laws” (<www.bcli.org/
bcli/in-2017-celebrate-bclis-20th-anniversary-with-us>) and CCEL’s 15th
anniversary blog post (<www.bcli.org/15544-2>).
* Thomas L. Spraggs is chair of the board of BCLI.