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MACDL Condemns Politically-Motivated Attacks

Media Contact: Derege Demissie | 617-354-3944 | dd@demissiechurch.com

Boston, Mass. (May 23, 2018) — The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) condemns attempts by lawmakers to impeach Judge Timothy Feeley for his decision to sentence Manuel Soto-Vittini to two years of probation following his guilty plea to charges of drug distribution.

Contrary to many reports, Judge Feeley’s sentence was not intended to affect Mr. Soto-Vittini’s immigration status. Mr. Soto-Vittini’s plea renders him deportable, and […]

By |2018-05-24T13:54:25+00:00May 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on MACDL Condemns Politically-Motivated Attacks

An Evening with Michael Ponsor

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6–8pm

Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA

MACDL presents an evening with New York Times bestselling author, Judge Michael Ponsor, who will talk about his career on the bench and read a selection from his new novel, The One-Eyed Judge.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will […]

By |2018-11-27T16:53:21+00:00May 10th, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on An Evening with Michael Ponsor

Contact Reps to Increase District Court Pay Rate

Dear MACDL members,

On April 11, the House Committee on Ways & Means released its budget recommendations for the next fiscal year, FY 2019.  The House budget provides for an increase in appropriation for private counsel compensation, increasing the rate of compensation for Superior Court cases from $60 to $68 per hour and for Mental Health cases from $50 to $53 per hour.

While we are pleased to see the modest increase for these two […]

By |2018-04-17T15:35:44+00:00April 17th, 2018|Action Alert|Comments Off on Contact Reps to Increase District Court Pay Rate

MACDL Spring Meeting 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Marriott Hotel, Newton, Mass

Registration begins 4pm

Keynote Speaker — Carol Rose

Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts
“Law, Resistance and A Freedom Agenda” […]

By |2018-11-27T17:27:34+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on MACDL Spring Meeting 2018

Advanced Post-Conviction Litigation Seminar

Friday, March 16, 2018, 9am – 5:30pm

WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston. MA

Registration begins 8:30am

This tremendously popular program will once again address selected problems faced by post-conviction counsel Although the topics will be addressed at the advanced level, this will be a great program for both new and experienced trial and post-conviction counsel. Register Today! This program is always a big hit. Payment in advance is required. MACDL thanks WilmerHale for […]

By |2018-11-27T17:26:07+00:00February 21st, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on Advanced Post-Conviction Litigation Seminar

Criminal Justice Reforms — Trees, Not Forest

In a letter to the editor, MACDL President Derege Demissie and Legislative Policy Chair Marty Rosenthal highlighted the failures of the Massachusetts Senate’criminal justice bill:

To the Editor [RE: “Criminal justice debate heats up” (Mon, Oct 9th)]:

The Senate’s criminal justice bill takes excellent steps towards USA’s recent Smart-on-Crime paradigm shift. But it’s important “trees” reforms fail three “forest” challenges: mass incarceration, broad racial injustice, and broader diversion from wasteful/harmful court usage.

Massachusetts’ incarceration rate […]

By |2018-02-15T14:43:54+00:00February 15th, 2018|News, President's Messages|0 Comments

Increase Pay for Court Appointed Lawyers

Your IMMEDIATE help is needed! The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering House Bill 751 increasing the rate of pay for their bar advocates. Sponsored by Rep Cronin of Easton, House Bill 751 proposes:

The rates of compensation payable to all counsel, who are appointed or assigned to represent indigents within the private counsel division of the committee in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) of section 6, shall, subject to appropriation, be as follows: […]

By |2018-02-15T14:46:13+00:00February 15th, 2018|Action Alert, News|0 Comments