• Welcome to The Hamilton Law Association

    Learn about all of our upcoming events and CPD programs through our Education and Events page. 

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  • 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Live Streamed

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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Available Live Streamed

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  • Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Available Remotely

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Hamilton Law Association Operations re. COVID-19 and Related Notices to the Profession

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History Committee

History Committee Mandate

The Hamilton Law Association's History Committee are committed to preserving the rich and unique legal history of Hamilton and its surrounding areas. The Hamilton Law Association, for instance, is one of the oldest in this country (est. 1879) and over the years has had many members — each of whom has contributed to the area’s legal history.

Click here for more about the HLA's history. 

2020-2021 Committee Members

John Loukidelis, Loukidelis Professional Corporation  (289)-799-9509
Shayna Beeksma, Beeksma Law  (905)-522-1234
Peter Boushy  (905)-523-2657
Anne Louise-ColeAviva Canada Inc., Legal Services  (905)-575-6108
Justice George Gage, Ontario Court of Justice  
Lauren Grimaldi, Scarfone Hawkins LLP  (905)-523-1333
Amanda McInnisInch Hammond Professional Corporation   (905)-525-4481
Cameron Malcolm, Evans, Philp LLP   (905)-525-1200
David Thompson, Scarfone Hawkins LLP  (905)-523-1333

To speak to an HLA staff person regarding the History Committee, please contact:
Melanie Silvestro Library & Event Assistant
tel: 905-522-1563, email: msilvestro@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

Recent HLA Journal Articles

Cameron Malcolm
June 2020

At the end of World War I, soldiers returning home from Europe brought with them a particularly virulent strain of influenza known widely as the “Spanish Flu.” The ensuing pandemic would go on to inflict further hardship on an already war-wearied society.


David Thompson
February 2020

Those of us who have been around a while will clearly remember the James Street alleyway, a narrow covered paved road surface running east off James Street North directly south of a restaurant located in the basement of 14 James Street North, The Sirloin Cellar.

Sirloin Cellar

Marica Piedigrossi
December 2020

I came across a set of Trustees minutes that mentioned a signed petition given to the Trustees by junior members of the bar. This petition asked that junior members of the bar be permitted to facilitate a set of social meetings to discuss legal education and professional matters. 


Justice George Gage
October 2019

AEmilius Irving was born in 1823 in Leamington, England. He lived in France as a young boy where he learned French and Latin (among other things presumably). He and his family immigrated to Upper Canada in 1834 and settled in Lundy's Lane, and then near Newark.

History Update - AIrving

 Resources and Links

  1. The Hamilton Law Association - History
  2. Hamilton Public Library Local History & Archives
  3. The Law Society of Upper Canada - History Archives
  4. McMaster University - Digital Archives
  5. Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society Website
Contribute to the Memory Book 
 Do you have biographical information, photos, archived materials or anecdotes about past and current Hamilton Law Association members? 

Why not contribute to the Hamilton Law Association Memory Book?
 If you have any digital copies of photographs, newspaper clippings, videos, or any other material which you would like to contribute to our digital archive and webpage, please email them to history@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

View our Donation Policy HERE.

Please contact John Loukidelis john@jltax.ca or Melanie Silvestro at 
for more information.