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Message from the President

A year later and we are still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, my term as the sitting Hamilton Law Association President for the 2020-2021 is ending, and this is my last journal article. We have been through a multitude of different phases of lock down during my year as the President, and so, if nothing else, my (unfortunate) claim to fame may be never having attended a live event as President. I do have a special pair of impractical Presidential shoes collecting dust and waiting for the day when I can attend a social event, either as the Past President or perhaps even the Past Past President of the Association, depending on the efficiency of the vaccine rollout.

Kidding aside, I have had the opportunity and honour to lead the Association through uncertainty in a very complex world. I expect that our next President will also experience similar uncertain times given how quickly our situation evolves weekly and monthly. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that they will get to wear their special President’s shoes (or another sartorial accessory) at least once in persona.


The Hamilton Law Association supports and stands with Hamilton lawyers and paralegals in the call to end all forms of systemic racism and racial discrimination.


Notices to the Profession & COVID-19

HLA Statement on Library Funding

The Hamilton Law Association was dismayed to learn that, as part of the 10% reduction in LiRN’s budget for 2021, it will receive a 14% cut to its library grant. These cuts will have a direct impact on the quality and currency of the information the HLA can provide to its members through its library collection, especially if further reductions continue past next year.

 The HLA’s Law Library, the Anthony Pepe Memorial Library, is the only law library in Hamilton that is open to all licensees of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). As such, it plays an essential role in the competency and professionalism of lawyers in Hamilton and the surrounding area. It is a vital resource that, if compromised, will have a negative impact on the local bar.

The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Ontario only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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