• Public Education Event

    Wednesday, January 23 2019
    12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
    McMaster Student Centre - Room 311
    (1280 Main Street West, Hamilton)

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  • 17th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar

    Wednesday, February 6th 2019
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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  • 14th Annual Commercial Litigation Law Seminar

    Wednesday, March 6th 2019
    9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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HLA History Committee

History of Hamilton Law Association 

For a full history of the Hamilton Law Association, please click HERE.

The Hamilton Law Association (HLA) has a long tradition of supporting the legal profession in Hamilton.  Upon its inception in 1879, the purpose of the HLA was “the formation and support of a Law Library for the use of its members, to be kept and maintained in the Court House, in the City of Hamilton, and to promote the general interests of the profession, and good feeling and harmony among its members.”

It began with 60 members and a Board of Trustees.  At that time, each member was required to pay a fee of $5.00.  New members were admitted by ballot and were proposed by two members in writing at least two weeks before the ballot was taken.

The first president of the HLA was Emilius Irving.  He went on to have an illustrious career as the longest-serving treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, becoming a Member of Parliament, and being knighted in 1906.

The purpose of the HLA has changed over the years, but the current purpose still echoes some of the original goals of the founding members – “to strive to enable its members to become successful, respected and fulfilled in their profession.”

Source: Cole, Anne-Louise, "Memory Archive Update,' HLA Journal, Vol. 25, Issue 4 August 2015


Memory Book Biographies

  • Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

  • George Munns Barton

  • Roy Warren Biggar

  • Henry Duncan Graham Crerar

  • Charles William Reid Bowlby

  • Theresa Frances Cherrier

  • Jean Morris Cairns

  • Francis "Gibby" Malloch Gibson

  • Sir AEmilius Irving

  • Peter Issacs, Mr. Justice

  • Thomas C. Haslett

  • Geoffrey Lynch-Staunton

  • Stephen Franklin Lazier

  • Edward Martin

  • Thomas Baker McQuesten

  • Sydney Chilton Mewburn

  • Britton Bath Osler

  • Anthony Michael Jude Pepe

  • Thomas Robertson

  • T. H. Stinson

History of Hamilton Firms

History in the Making

Class of 1976

40 Years at the Bar Dinner The Hamilton Club on April 7, 2016

Interviews with Esteemed Members

1. The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Emery READ HERE | By Lou Frapporti
2. Michael Lamont
READ HERE | By Lou Frapporti
3. The Honourable Mr. Justice John Takach
READ HERE | By Lou Frapporti
4. Steven Howarth READ HERE  | By Peter Boushy
5. David Thompson READ HERE | By John Loukidelis
6. Nicholas Richter READ HERE | By John Loukidelis
7. Hussein Hamdani READ MORE | By John Loukidelis 

Contribute to the History Committee
 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 History Committee?
 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 Marica Piedigrossi at 
for more information.