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The Hamilton Law Association and Anthony Pepe Memorial Llibrary are unstaffed as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020,  and will remain so until further notice, on the advice of public health agencies and the Legal Information and Resource Network. Please follow the link for all of the updates from the The Hamilton Law Association regarding our library services, association services, and events and meetings. READ MORE HERE

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  • April 22 - POSTPONED - Lexis Advanced Quicklaw and Practice Advisor Training Session
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  • May 13 - CANCELLED - Articling Reception
  • May 14 - POSTPONED Professionalism Seminar


Notices to the Profession and Other HLA News re. COVID-19

MARCH 23 | Hamilton Law Association Operations Update re. COVID-19

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020

Since our update yesterday, the COVID-19 pandemic situation has dramatically changed. Please see below for all of the updates from the The Hamilton Law Association regarding our library services, association services, and events and meetings:

Library Services:

  • The library is unstaffed as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020,  and will remain so until further notice, on the advice of public health agencies and the Legal Information and Resource Network.
  • If the Courthouse is open, our doors remain unlocked but please note the following:
    • Photocopy services will be available through our coin-op machine in the staff printing room;
    • Printing services will be available provided that printing be recorded on the after hours log next to the front office photocopier; 
    • Regular disinfecting is not being carried out (including the public computers and copy room supplies), so use with caution and follow Hamilton Public Health guidelines to protect yourself and others;
    • Online legal research assistance can be provided by e-mail only. Please email Law Librarian Laura Richmond at either lrichmond@hamiltonlaw.on.ca or reference@hamiltonlaw.on.ca. Online case law and research databases, such as Advanced Quicklaw, Practice Advisor, Rangefindr, and O'Brien's Forms, are available on all computers in the Anthony Pepe Memorial Library.

Association Services:

  • No association or membership services will be available on-site as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This includes paying for membership on-site, getting new membership cards, or payment for lockers. For any questions at all to do with HLA membership or lockers, please email Membership Coodinator Rachel Anderson;
  • Access to the lounge and robing rooms will be available between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m. and after hours to current access card-holders;
  • The HLA Executive and Board of Trustees will continue to meet via teleconference during this time. Please email Executive Director Rebecca Bentham if you have any concerns or comments you would like to bring forward to the Board;
  • For all financial matters related to invoices, payments, or receivables, please contact Manager of Finance Wendy Spearing; and
  • For all other Association related matters, as well as website inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant Marica Piedigrossi

Events & Meetings:

  • The Executive Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, March 18th to discuss next steps related to the possible postponement or cancellation of certain HLA events. All event registrations are on hold until further notice;
  • Revised dates for events that will be postponed will be published on the HLA website and announced through email when available beginning tomorrow;
  • All previously-scheduled committee meetings will be either cancelled or carried out remotely, at the discretion of committee chairs. Information will be provided to attendees directly;
  • No new meetings will be booked in the HLA meeting rooms until a return to work date has been decided;
  • No HLA Event staff will be on-site effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. If you have any questions about HLA events, please email Event Coordinator Kristjana Frani, Event Coordinator Shega Berisha, or events@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

As needed, we will provide updates of local relevance and post updates on our website. If you have any concerns or comments at all, please email Rebecca Bentham.  For general court information, please always refer to the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice websites.

We wish all of the Hamilton legal community health and safety during this time. 


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Message from the President

The emergence and spread of COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the ways that all of us live and work. At the time of writing this article, Ontario has declared a State of Emergency, ordering a wide range of businesses to close, and prohibiting public gatherings of 50 or more people. The Federal government has temporarily closed the Canada-U.S. border to all non-essential travel, and has severely restricted international flights to Canada.

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, together with City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development, Flamborough Chamber of Commerce and Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce have compiled a COVID19 Business Continuity and Recovery Information website to help residence navigate resources available to assist in this trying time. HLA Members are encouraged to visit the site and share its with your clients. For more information, visit https://www.hamiltonchamber.ca/covid19/. 


Mark Giavedoni, President 2019-2020

The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Upper Canada only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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