Hamilton Civic Advocate: Jim Cimba receives 2018 Lincoln Alexander Award
Jim Cimba: Called to the Bar in 1981, Jim Cimba is known to the Hamilton community for his generous and selfless civic involvement. A Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation, with a Juris Doctorate Degree, Mr. Cimba is a distinguished and exemplary member of the profession. He has been an active participant for many years in the Hamilton Pro Bono Project and a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Hamilton Law Association.
His past and ongoing commitments encompass a wide range of organizations and causes, including arts and culture, sports and recreation, community building, poverty relief, social and healthcare agencies, the Hamilton Port Authority, and charitable projects. To all of his roles, Jim Cimba brings an enduring, civic commitment.
What does this award mean to you?
“It means the world to me. It is the Lincoln Alexander Award! Linc (I use that sobriquet with reverence and affection, and because we were friends) was a giant of a man.
He said: ‘It is not your duty to be average, it is your duty to set a higher example for others to follow. I did. You can. You will!’
I believe this award also symbolizes my commitment to my community, that I fulfilled my duty to the best of my ability.”
Mr. Cimba is most passionate about his relationships with others. He gives generously of his time, particularly within the Hamilton community, instilling a positive impact among family, friends, clients and other members within the area.
As a first-generation Canadian, Jim’s parents were born in Slovakia and arrived in Canada with very little, speaking a different language and working very hard to create a better life for themselves and their family.
Jim was first interested in the legal profession at an early age with the allure of fictional TV defence lawyer Perry Mason. While attending high school, he took an introductory law course and was immediately captivated with the curriculum, which included a visit to a sitting of the Supreme Court, where he was enthralled by the complexities and dignified competitiveness of the judicial process.
As he continued his studies, he was accepted to law school and that same year, was drafted by the BC Lions, a Canadian Football League team. “I wisely and thankfully chose law. Law was for life,” he explains.
When asked about his greatest career achievement, Jim says he’s very proud, humbled and fortunate to be the recipient of the Lincoln Alexander Award.
The Lincoln Alexander Award was established in 2002 and is awarded annually in recognition of an Ontario lawyer who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario.
The award was created in honour of The Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander, Q.C., LSM, a former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and will continue to commemorate his dedication to the people of Ontario and to the legal community.
A total of 10 exceptional members of the legal professions will be honoured by the Law Society on May 23rd.