Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


"The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the only statewide association of lawyers in Massachusetts devoted exclusively to serving all segments of the defense bar. According to our mission statement: MACDL's mission is to preserve the adversary system of justice; to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime. MACDL will be an advocate for the advocate." If you practice criminal defense law in Massachusetts, you belong in MACDL.

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President's Message:  April 2015

Get caught up on MACDL events, activities and issues.  Click here.


New Rules on Jury Voir Dire

The Massachusetts Superior Court recently issued Standing Order 1-15: Participation in Jury Voir Dire by Attorneys and Self Represented Parties.

For a copy of the Standing Order, click here.


Testimony Before the MBA Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation


On March 26, 2014 MACDL president, Liza Lunt testified on behalf of MACDL at a public hearing before the MBA Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation.  Click here for the written statement submitted by MACDL.


MACDL Announces Witness Advocacy and Representation Network (WARN)

MACDL is pleased to announce the creation of a state-wide Witness Advocacy and Representation Network (WARN) designed to provide pro bono legal representation for individuals who are contacted by law enforcement agents for questioning or interrogation. For more information and to participate, click here.


Comments on Proposed Ethics Changes

MACDL recently submitted our comments to the SJC on the proposed changes to the Code of Professional Responsibility.  Prepared by Marty Rosenthal and Liza Lunt, the comments can be found here.


MACDL Recommendations on Eyewitness Evidence 

In response to the request of the Supreme Judicial Court, MACDL submitted  extensive comments on the draft report and recommendations of the SJC Study  Group on Eyewitness Evidence.  The comments prepared by Lisa Steele were  endorsed by the Board of Directors and sent to the court in a letter from MACDL  President Liza Lunt. For the complete text of MACDL's position, click here.  (You can view a copy of the Study Group's  report here.)

From the Sentencing Project

Marc Mauer, of the Sentencing Project in Washington D.C. offered to share with us two shadow reports submitted by The Sentencing Project to the U.N. Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) later this month. The first report, Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System documents the impact of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and how they violate the ICCPR, which the United States ratified in 1992.

The second report, Democracy Imprisoned: A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States, details the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States in violation of the ICCPR.



Find A Lawyer

MACDL comprises approximately 1,000 criminal defense lawyers, covering all types of criminal defense matters in the federal courts and every state court serving the Commonwealth. You can search our Member list by name or location.

MACDL Updates - April 2015

Click here for the April 29 letter from MACDL President Liza Lunt


Spring/Summer Meeting

     June 16, 2015 -- Newton Marriott Hotel

For more details and to sign up, 

click here

To place an ad in the event program,

 click here.

New Dues Structure for CPCS and Bar Advocates.

If you are a full-time CPCS staff attorney or a Bar Advocate (if 50% of your practice is state court appointed)  your first year of membership is free. Thereafter, your dues are based on the following schedule:

  Admitted for 2-5 years         $50

  Admitted for 6-10 years        $75

  10 years or more                $125.


Amicus Updates - March 2015

The Amicus Committee continues to give MACDL a voice in litigation of concern to the defense bar. For the March updates, click here.

For the January 2015 updates, click here

For the November 2014 updates, click here.


Calling all new lawyers!

Would you like an experienced MACDL member to help you navigate the criminal practice in Massachusetts?

Well you are in luck! MACDL has created a new lawyer partnership program.

Click here for details. 


Benefits of Membership in MACDL

  • Legal Assistance for Defense Lawyers under Fire 
  • Continuing Legal Education for the Criminal Defense Bar
  • A Powerful Statewide Network of Colleagues
  • A Voice on Legislative and Public Policy Matters
  • A Wealth of Legal Expertise  
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