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Message from the President

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” 
- Confucius

In preparing this journal entry, I came to the realization that I am halfway through my term as President and reflected on the progress we have achieved during this period of time. This quote from the famous Chinese philosopher resonates in the slow but steady course that we have all maintained in confronting the challenges presented by the pandemic. 

The HLA remains committed to ensuring that our services are easily accessible to our membership. Our staff are present in person at the library and prepared to assist you and address your needs or questions. Our committees continue to meet regularly and are actively involved in addressing their respective mandates...


Notices to the Profession & COVID-19

HLA Statement on Library Funding

On October 15th, Treasurer Donnelly attended our Board of Trustees meeting. Treasurer Donnelly has shown herself to be a supporter of courthouse libraries and law associations in Ontario, believing in their importance to the profession and the public of Ontario. Treasurer Donnelly’s attendance was greatly appreciated by our Board, and we would like to thank her for attending.

At Convocation that took place on October 28th, 2021, The Law Society of Ontario approved the Legal Information and Resource Network 2022 budget as submitted by the LiRN Board. The approved budget reinstated The Hamilton Law Association grant at the 2020 grant amount, plus an additional five percent increase. This is wonderful news for the HLA that will have a significant, positive impact on our staffing and collection for the 2022 year.

We would like to thank Treasurer Teresa Donnelly and Convocation for reinstating our grant and the appreciated increase, which will enable us to better serve the lawyers of Hamilton. Additionally, we would also like to thank our Regional Bencher, Andrew Spurgeon, who spoke eloquently and in-favor of reinstating the LiRN funding.

We look forward to maintaining our high level of service and support to our membership and the Hamilton law community at large.

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.

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.



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