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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


History Committee Biographies

  • AEmilius Irving

  • Anthony Michael Jude Pepe

  • Britton Bath Osler

  • Charles William Reid Bowlby

  • Edward John Orzel

  • Edward Martin

  • Francis "Gibby" Malloch Gibson

  • Francis Edwin Kilvert

  • Geoffrey Lynch-Staunton

  • Henry Duncan Graham Crerar

  • Jean Morris Cairns

  • John Douglas Bowlby

  • John Louis Agro

  • John Muir

  • Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

  • Nick Borkovich, The Honourable

  • Peter Issacs, Mr. Justice

  • Robert Russell Gage

  • Roy Warren Biggar

  • Stephen Franklin Lazier

  • Sydney Chilton Mewburn

  • Theresa Frances Cherrier

  • Thomas Baker McQuesten

  • Thomas C. Haslett

  • Thomas Henry Stinson

  • Thomas Robertson

  • William Alexander Hamilton Duff

In Memoriam

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 

History of Hamilton Firms


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.