• Welcome to The Hamilton Law Association

    Learn about all of our upcoming events and CPD programs through our Education and Events page. 

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  • 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Live Streamed

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Hamilton Law Association Operations re. COVID-19 and Related Notices to the Profession

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  • Looking for a Lawyer in Hamilton?

    Search our Membership Directory by:
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    Area of Law
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  • Looking for a legal job in Hamilton?

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    Seeking jobs for Articling & Summer Students
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Upcoming Events

October 29 - Family Law Seminar
November 4 - Real Estate Seminar
November 5 - Women in the Law Flyer
November 12 - Employment Law Seminar
December 3 - 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

HLA News

SEPTEMBER 21 | First Appearance Court/First Court Date Before a Clerk (Family Proceedings)

Sep 21, 2020

The OCJ sent out the following Update re: First Appearance Court/First Court Date Before a Clerk (Family Matters):

 

The First Appearance Court/First Court Date (Family Matters) will be waived between September 28, 2020 and November 27, 2020.  The First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a clerk will resume on November 30, 2020. 

 

Please see: Notice to the Profession and the Public re: First Appearance Courts/First Court Date before a clerk will resume November 30, 2020. 

The Hamilton Law Association supports and stands with Hamilton lawyers and paralegals in the call to end all forms of systemic racism and racial discriminationhttps://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/edi

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

SEPTEMBER 21 | First Appearance Court/First Court Date Before a Clerk (Family Proceedings)

Sep 21, 2020

The OCJ sent out the following Update re: First Appearance Court/First Court Date Before a Clerk (Family Matters):

 

The First Appearance Court/First Court Date (Family Matters) will be waived between September 28, 2020 and November 27, 2020.  The First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a clerk will resume on November 30, 2020. 

 

Please see: Notice to the Profession and the Public re: First Appearance Courts/First Court Date before a clerk will resume November 30, 2020. 

Message from the President

COWAN Kanata 2019

Kanata Cowan, President 2020-2021
This is my third report as President of The Hamilton Law Association, and the practice of law has continued to change even since my last report. Limitation periods and procedural time periods have been re-instituted after being suspended for a period of 26 weeks. Speaking more broadly, I am hopeful that we, as a profession, will not let this crisis go to waste. We have had to adapt to an increasingly virtual process of law. This is a unique opportunity that has allowed us to explore methods to be more proficient in the equitable administration of justice.

From my perspective, one of the HLA's greatest assets lay in our gatherings at brick and mortar locations across the City; these have been put on hold for the time being. Our staff and our volunteers have pivoted to become experts in Zoom technology to continue to allow us to come together in meaningful and impactful ways. This has been helpful and necessary, although meeting as a group, face to face, remains the most effective interaction and has other benefits that we all miss. We will certainly resume our meetings, in propria persona, when it is safe to do so...

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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 Ontario 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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