On behalf of the Hamilton Law Association, let me welcome you to our website. This Association has been in existence for over 140 years with an initial membership of 60 lawyers. Today we enjoy a membership of almost 1,037 men and women from a wide spectrum of background, race and religion. We are a true reflection of Ontario’s multi-cultural population.
Our offices and library are located on the 5th floor of the John Sopinka Court House in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Our library has over 30,000 books, electronic resources, monographs, reports and other paper bound legal services. It is the Regional Law Library for the Central South Region of Ontario.
The mission statement of our Association is to enable its members to become successful, respected and fulfilled in their profession. We accomplish this goal through mutual respect, a dedication to excellence and a spirit of comradery that is unrivaled in the Province. We provide our members with a wide range of continuing legal education opportunities in the form of annual conferences, topical seminars and lunchtime round table discussions covering various aspects of the law.
The Hamilton Law Association publishes its Journal six times yearly. The Journal contains articles on a wide range of legal topics of interest to our members.
In addition to providing continuing legal education support, the Law Association promotes a spirit of collegiality amongst its members by hosting a number of social events including its Annual Dinner each Spring.
On behalf of the Hamilton Law Association, its Trustees and its members, I welcome you to our website. I encourage you to explore the website and learn about our Association, our events and our membership. I also encourage you to log onto our Facebook page where you can further find information about the Hamilton Law Association and its various events.
HLA President 2020 - 2021
Message from The Hamilton Law Association Regarding these Uncertain Times
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has changed our daily lives. In addition to the serious health implications and safeguards, it has really changed how we interact with our clients, our colleagues and our families. Remote work environments, virtual offices and an explosion in assistive technologies are becoming a new normal and every day we are learning how to excel.
That is really what we do, isn’t it? For all the lore about lawyers being resistant to change and creatures of habit, we operate in that danger zone of crisis. We solve problems that arise in the course of transactions; we advocate for clients in the thralls of emotional litigation; we create solutions to novel challenges.
So this shouldn’t be that different. Our clients are looking to us for guidance and we can give reasoned legal answers. Our institutions are looking to us for order in the midst of challenges to routine access. People trust and respect their lawyer and they have sought our involvement in every aspect of this pandemic.
We may not have all the answers, but we have resources and connections within our communities to help facilitate answers and to get people the help they need to navigate complex social systems that appear to be changing every day. We can help and they know this. They trust us.
But just as people are looking to lawyers to help them, we need to be mindful of how we can help lawyers. The Hamilton Law Association has provided some critical resources on its website and has been in close contact with its members via email. Our library services remain available remotely. While we too have had to adapt, we are still present. And so should you be similarly available and accessible to those who look to you. We can all use some support but we can also give some support.
The pandemic has taken its toll on many of us and some more profoundly than others. Many lawyers or firms have had to lay off employees, reduced their availability or even their scope of practice. Before these decisions become lasting scars, it is important to take stock of how this will impact our legal community and those who have trust in us. Many people are scared, but lawyers need to be wise and practical and overcome making rash decisions based on fear. We need to be cognizant of the temporary nature of this pandemic and the challenges it poses. It will pass and we will be here to pick up where we left off. Although things will be different afterward, they will not be fundamentally different. We need to keep our relationships intact and we need to keep a dialogue with our colleagues.
Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and reconnect. Find something familiar and converse about it. Physical distancing should not be socially isolating. Let’s get through this together and emerge stronger, wiser and more ready than ever before. Stay healthy. Stay well.