THE ADVOCATE 715
VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
BC LAW INSTITUTE
By Thomas L. Spraggs*
BCLI LEADERSHIP CHANGES
None of us could have foreseen what 2020 would bring. For BCLI, the challenges
of continuing our law reform work in this pandemic year have dovetailed
with pending changes to our leadership.
BCLI is currently transitioning the position of executive director to new
leadership. The board has worked diligently to find a candidate who will continue
the operations and good work of the institute. As my term as chair ends
in September 2020, we will also say goodbye to past chair Lisa A. Peters,
Q.C., as she completes ten years as a member at large; the Honourable Marion
J. Allan, who has served on the board twice, from 2013 to 2017 as a representative
of the CBABC and from 2018 to 2020 as a member at large; and
Professor Michelle LeBaron, appointee of the dean of the Peter A. Allard
School of Law for the 2019/20 year. We thank each of them for their valuable
I will also be stepping down as a member at large following our September
2020 AGM and board meeting. I have enjoyed my time on the board and
will miss it. As I look at the experience, skills, expertise and perspectives of
our current board members and those we anticipate appointing at our September
meeting, I am confident that BCLI will continue to contribute to law
reform and legal research in B.C. in ways that will meet the new and emerging
needs of British Columbians.
Our current executive director, Kathleen Cunningham, has been at the
helm since June 2015. She has performed yeoman’s service during that
time. Rather than list all the institute’s accomplishments during her tenure,
I will highlight a few.
* Thomas L. Spraggs is the chair of the board of the BCLI.