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Message from the President

The calendar has just rolled over to 2021 as I sit down to write my fifth article as President of The Hamilton Law Association.  I wish all our members a wonderful and prosperous New Year with many happy days ahead. 

Last year, 2020, will be an unforgettable year. I would say that it was unexpected for some, horrible for many and should be a wake-up call for all.  The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be so different from anything we may have imagined last January. Jury trials were once again suspended when Hamilton became a red zone in December. The isolation restrictions tightened further as we entered the grey zone lock down before Christmas and then the province instituted a universal public health lock down on Boxing Day.  The concern surrounding the cases of infection that have impacted the court houses continues to require a response and impact our behavior.  This past year was challenging in many ways, but it did strip away many illusions and has directed us to focus on what truly matters. The past year has been frightening, tedious and taxing on civil behavior, but I remain optimistic; several vaccine options have been developed in double quick time and approved by Health Canada and some of our most vulnerable members of society are being vaccinated as I write. I am expectant that better days will return, that we will get to be with our families again, and that as colleagues our wonderful association of Hamilton lawyers will meet again, in persona.

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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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