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    Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park
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HLA Awards

Distinguished Solicitor Award

To honour a solicitor member of the Hamilton Law Association who has distinguished himself throughout his career by exemplary service to our Association, to our profession, and/or to our community.  Past winners of this award include:

  • 2009 - Lawrence R. Bremner
  • 2014 - Paul S. Dixon
  • 2016 - Albert I. Foreman
  • 2018- Michael J. McHugh

Edward Orzel Award

To honour a member of the Hamilton Law Association for excellence in trial advocacy for a single outstanding trial effort or for a career in trial advocacy in any area of law.  Past winners of this award include:

  • 2006 - Michael Baker
  • 2007 - David F. Smye, Q.C.
  • 2008 - Dean D. Paquette
  • 2009 - Francis A. DeSantis
  • 2010 - Jeffrey R. Manishen
  • 2011 - John F. Evans, Q.C., LSM
  • 2013 - Brent Bentham
  • 2016 - Helen Pelton
  • 2018 - Dermot Nolan

Emilius Irving Award

To honour a member of the Hamilton Law Association who has made an outstanding contribution towards furthering the goals of the Hamilton Law Association through participation in Association activities, service to the legal community, contributions to academia, Continuing Professional Development, or contributions to the community generally.  Past winners of this award include:

  • 1987 - Jay W. State
  • 1989 - John L. Agro, Q.C.
  • 1989 - James R. Turnbull
  • 1994 - John F. Evans, Q.C.
  • 1995 - Mary Lou Dingle, Q.C.
  • 1997 - Bertram H. Leggat., Q.C.
  • 2000 - Dermot P. Nolan
  • 2002 - Harrison S. Arrell
  • 2004 - Roger D. Yachetti, Q.C.
  • 2006 - William Morris, Q.C.
  • 2009 - Sandra R. Stephenson
  • 2011 - Gerald A. Swaye, Q.C.
  • 2013 - Joseph J. Sullivan
  • 2017 - Michael J. Winward
  • 2019 - John O. Krawchenko

Patricia Wallace Award

To honour a lawyer who practices primarily family law in the Hamilton area and whose community service and professional conduct best exemplifies the qualities we all admired in Justice Wallace.  Past winners of this award include:

  • 2006 - William J. Tidball
  • 2007 - Caroline Brown
  • 2009 - Salvatore Garcea
  • 2011 - Catherine Cassidy
  • 2013 - David Sherman
  • 2015 - Gordon Morton
  • 2017 - Gloria Nardi-Bell
  • 2019 - Joel Kerr