• 17th Annual Advocacy Conference

    November 30th, 2017
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Hamilton Convention Centre
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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  • New HLA President Acclaimed

    Congratulations to Robert Hooper
    the 75th President of The 
    Hamilton Law Association. 

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    November 2nd, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel | Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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  • Corporate Commercial Seminar

    October 12th, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel | Centre/East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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What's New

New President of OTLA

May 10, 2017

The Hamilton Law Association is pleased to announce that, as of April 28th 2017, one of our longstanding members, Claire Wilkinson, has been named President of the Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association. 

Claire Wilkinson, of Martin & Hillyer Associates, specializes in personal injury and insurance litigation. A large percentage of Claire's practice is dedicated to assisting survivors of sexual abuse. Claire also represents persons seriously injured by motor vehicle collisions, product liability, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and other areas of personal injury litigation.

Claire graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1990, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy. Claire graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University in 1993, and was called to the bar in 1995. Claire has been practicing law with Martin and Hillyer Associates in Burlington since 1995.

Claire is also a Past President of the Halton County Law Association. She also sits on the board of the Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services board (PHADBIS), and is an Ontario Governor for the American Association for Justice. Claire is also a member of the United Way legal committee for Hamilton and Burlington.

Congratulations Claire on your outstanding achievements! 
WILKINSON, Claire 2017

2017 Patricia Wallace Community Service Award Recipient - Gloria Nardi-Bell

Mar 23, 2017

Congratulations to Gloria-Nardi Bell, for being named the recipient of the 2017 Justice Patricia Wallace Community Service Award!  The award will be presented to Ms. Nardi-Bell at the Family Law Seminar held on Thursday, April 6th at the Crowne Plaza Hamilton.

This award is presented to a lawyer who practices primarily family law in the Hamilton area whose community service and professional conduct best exemplifies the qualities we all admired in Justice Wallace. Previous recipients of the award have been Gordon Morton, William Tidball, Justice Caroline Brown, Salvatore Garcea, Catherine Cassidy and David Sherman.


2017 Emilius Irving Award Recipient - Michael J. Winward

Mar 23, 2017

Congratulations to Michael J. Winward, a partner at Mackesy Smye LLP, for being named the recipient of the 2017 Emilius Irving Award!  The award is named after the first president of the Hamilton Law Association.  The award will be presented to Michael at the Annual Dinner held on Thursday, March 30th at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. 

The purpose of our award is to honour a member of the Hamilton Law Association who has made an outstanding contribution towards furthering the goals of the Hamilton Law Association through participation in Association activities, service to the legal community, contributions to academia, CPD, or contributions to the community generally.
WINWARD Michael 2017

Ontario Launches Free Counselling Program for Jurors In Hamilton

Feb 02, 2017

Attorney General Visits Hamilton to Announce New Program Providing Accessible and Confidential Supports

The Honourable Attorney General Mr. Yasir Naqvi, and former juror and advocate for juror support Mark Farrant, visited the Hamilton Law Association on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 to announce that Ontario is supporting jurors by providing easier access to experienced and qualified counsellors.


The Juror Support Program is available to help Ontarians who have served as jurors at the end of a trial or a coroner's inquest, if and when they need it.  

Jury duty is an important civic responsibility and can be a rewarding experience. However, sometimes it can be very difficult and stressful for jurors. The evidence and the testimony some jurors have to consider can be graphic and deal with very traumatic and violent crimes. In some cases, individuals have to take time away from their jobs, their families and their everyday lives. Talking to a qualified counsellor can help jurors after a trial or inquest.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for jurors, and the program is completely confidential. Jurors can choose to receive counselling in-person, over the phone, by email or videoconference in English or French. They will also receive disability accommodation.

Supporting jurors to perform their civic duty and making counselling more easily accessible for those who need it is part of the government's plan to help people in their everyday lives.


" The role that jurors play in our justice system is incredibly important. While being a juror can often be a rewarding and positive experience, we know that some trials can be traumatic and very difficult. We need to make sure that jurors have access to the right supports if they need help. Ontario’s new Juror Support Program will offer free counselling to all jurors who want it so they can get the help and support they need, when they need it."
- Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General

" In 2014 I was called to perform an important civic service as a juror in a complicated, and horrific first degree murder trial. I am proud of that role and the other jurors who delivered justice under the law. But that trial had a lasting effect on me, and to this day my family and I continue to struggle with the impacts. I'm extremely grateful that the province has acknowledged the gap that has existed for jurors post-trial, and has today put supports in place to aid them where necessary."
- Mark Farrant, Former Juror


  • Jurors who have completed jury service can call 1-844-JUROR-ON (1-844-587-6766) to find out how to access the program.
  • At any time during a trial or inquest, a juror can request counselling supports by making their concerns known to the judge or coroner.
  • Before the Juror Support Program was established, the province covered the costs of counselling services to jurors by order of a judge.
  • When requesting counselling, jurors will need to provide the location of the court where their jury trial or inquest took place, the start and end date of the trial/inquest and the name of the case or inquest.
  • Participants will initially receive up to four one-hour counselling sessions. Jurors who feel they need additional counselling may be provided with up to four more sessions free of charge.

Upcoming Events

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

July 11

HLA Summer Social

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Terrace of The Hamilton Club
(6 Main Street East, Hamilton)



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

August 16

New Lawyers' Meet'n Eat

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The John Sopinka Courthouse 
(45 Main Street East, Hamilton) 
HLA Library, Suite 500


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

October 12

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Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel Hamilton - Centre/East Ballroom
(116 King Street West, Hamilton)


For more information, please contact Mackenzie Faus at 905-522-1563

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor

October 26

Estates & Trusts Workshop

For more information, please contact Mackenzie Faus at 905-522-1563

November 02

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Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel Hamilton - Grand Ballroom
(116 King Street West, Hamilton)


For more information, please contact Mackenzie Faus at 905-522-1563.

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

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