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    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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What's New

Legal Aid Organizational Announcement

Oct 22, 2018

Legal Aid Ontario’s scope is far reaching with services that provide critical assistance to the most vulnerable people in the province. We intersect with every area of the justice system, with 600,000 assists each year in criminal and family courts and over 400 certificates issued per day.

Legal Aid Ontario has recently undertaken internal planning initiatives to streamline processes, clarify accountabilities, improve upon the client experience and ensure outstanding delivery of services. As a result, some of our VP and divisional accountabilities are changing.

Effective January 1, 2019, our VPs will be assigned responsibilities as follows:

Randall Ellsworth, VP, Regional Services will assume responsibility for districts across the province. In this role Randall will provide critical district oversight and leadership of the duty counsel program and the delivery of staff legal services, and will continue to build relationships with our justice partners. 

Janet Budgell VP, General Counsel & Compliance will retain her current oversight of General Counsel and will assume responsibility for the audit and compliance functions for Legal Aid Ontario.

Rod Strain, VP, Central Operations will assume responsibility for central programming and be accountable for developing a more consistent client experience by providing oversight of certificate decisions and provincial coordination of panel management. 

Jayne Mallin, VP, Clinic Law Services will be responsible for developing centralized clinic operations with a single point of accountability for policy, planning, programming and research for the clinics and Student Legal Aid Services Societies, which are critical to the delivery of access to justice services.

David McKillop, VP, Strategy and Public Affairs, will assume responsibility for initiatives identified within Legal Aid Ontario’s strategic plan and ensure coordination, implementation and monitoring through a single point with input from across the organization.  

Louis Dimitracopoulos, VP & CAO, Corporate Services will be responsible for corporate oversight of financial planning, human resources, diversity and inclusion, IT, procurement and facilities and will assume responsibility for the Big Case Management Office.  

Legal Aid Ontario’s executive management team will continue to provide strategic oversight for the planning and implementation of all organizational initiatives.

Having the right structure in place will ensure Legal Aid Ontario’s long-term success as we implement our strategic goals, develop and manage our organizational vision and continue to provide high quality, effective services for low income Ontarians.

HLA Submission to LSO re. Licensing

Oct 17, 2018
This submission is in response to the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO’s) call for feedback on lawyer licensing, arising from the paper LSO Licensing Consultation Paper. The consultation paper discusses and evaluates four proposed options for lawyer licensing:
• Option 1: Current Model
• Option 2: Current Model with Enhancements
• Option 3: Examination-Based Licensing
• Option 4: LPP/PPD for All Candidates


While there are opportunities to improve the current system of lawyer licensing in the province, we believe that maintaining a system that includes experiential training is essential. It ensures the LSO can meet its mandate to produce competent and effective lawyers that work in the best interest of the public.

Our Approach to this Submission

The Hamilton Law Association (HLA) has considered its response to the LSO’s discussion paper carefully, given the importance of shaping the future of legal education in Ontario. This submission captures the thoughts and feedback from HLA members through two streams:
• A member-wide survey
• Interviews with articling principals and LPP/PPD mentors from firms in Hamilton

The Board of The HLA have also reviewed this submission. Through this approach, we have attempted to provide feedback, primarily from the lens of firms, who are integral to the process of lawyer licensing but were less represented in the consultation paper.

2018 Ed Orzel Award Recipient

Oct 03, 2018
Congratulations to Dermot P. Nolan of Nolan, Ciarlo LLP for being named the latest recipient of the Hamilton Law Association's Ed Orzel Award for excellence in trial advocacy.

This award is named for Edward J. Orzel and the purpose of our award is 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 the law.

The Hamilton Law Association would like to present you with this award at the 18th Annual Advocacy Conference to be held at the Hamilton Convention Centre on December 6th, 2018.  The presentation would take place at 12:10 p.m.  

Dermot P. Nolan was called to the bar in 1975. He is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Ottawa. He has served as president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers' Association, The Hamilton Law Association, and the Hamilton Medical Legal Society.  

He has been certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 1990 and practises with emphasis on Personal Injury, Disability & LTD Claims, Employment Law, and Commercial & Estate Litigation. 

Dermot has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation and Commercial litigation.

In 2000, he received the Emilius Irving award, the highest honour of the Hamilton Law Association and he was inducted into McMaster University’s Gallery of distinguished graduates in 2002. He was named Hamilton’s Irish Person of the Year in 2015.

He has served as Chair of the Boards of St. Peter's Hospital and the Hamilton Public Library, as a trustee of the Hamilton Board of Education and as a director of numerous other community, arts and charitable organizations. He spearheaded the initiative which led to the consolidation of Hamilton’s courts in the John Sopinka Courthouse and was instrumental in the establishment of the Lawyers’ Legacy for Children, an endowment fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

In 2014 he was appointed a deputy judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Division).

Before entering law school, he was a professional actor with theStratfod Shakespearean Festival and his continuing passion for theatre is reflected in his participation as an actor and director in Hamilton’s celebrated Lawyers’ Shows. He is also a playwright and an accredited member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.

Dermot has been recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers in Canada  in the field of Personal Injury Litigation and as Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in the field of Corporate & Commercial litigation.

Biography from http://www.nolanlaw.ca/team/dermot-p-nolan/ 
NOLAN, Dermot 2018

Upcoming Events

The Hamilton Law Association is pleased to present the following Upcoming Events:

January 11

The program contains 1.5 Substantive Hours 

Milne Estate Decision

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
7th Floor Jurors Lounge - John Sopinka Courthouse
(45 Main Street East, Hamilton) 


For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

January 17

 Professionalism: 2.0 h

Mentoring Night

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mills Hardware 
(95 King Street East, Hamilton) 


For more information, please contact Rebecca Lane at 905-522-1563

January 23

Public Education Event

12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
McMaster Student Centre — Room 311
(1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4S4)


For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

February 06

Sub.:2.0h Prof.: 1.0h

The 17th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Hamilton Convention Centre
(1 Summers Lane)


For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

March 06

Sub.:3.50h Prof.: 0.5h

The 14th Annual Commercial Litigation Law Seminar

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


For more information, please contact Kristjana Frani at 905-522-1563 ext. 233

For information on these events and others, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

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