If you practice criminal defense law in Massachusetts, you belong in MACDL — Join Now

The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) 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.

Legal Assistance

For criminal defense lawyers under fire, facing sanctions of any kind

Lawyers Assistance Strike Force

If you are ever threatened with sanctions for zealously representing a client, MACDL will be there for you.

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Continuing Ed

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) geared for the criminal defense bar

Designed for Criminal Defense Lawyers

CLE sessions address problems and present solutions solely from the perspective of the defense.


Legal Expertise

Access to a growing body of online legal expertise and experience

A Wealth of Online Legal Resources

The MACDL website and email notices make resources and materials available on a wide range of issues.

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A Statewide Network

Make contacts that will enhance your ability to serve your clients

A Powerful Network of Colleagues

MACDL’s membership meetings bring together the best criminal defense lawyers in the state.

Policy Advocacy

Your voice before state and federal legislatures and agencies

A Voice on Legislative and Public Policy

MACDL advocates before legislatures and agencies as they consider issues that affect you and your clients.

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The only statewide association devoted to serving the criminal defense bar

MACDL Is an Advocate for the Advocate

If you are a practicing criminal defense lawyer in Massachusetts, you belong in MACDL.