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Oppose Governor Baker’s Parole Board Nominee

ACTION ALERT: Governor Baker Has Nominated Yet Another Career Prosecutor to Sit on the Parole Board


CALL YOUR GOVERNOR’S COUNCILLOR NOW TO OPPOSE THIS NOMINATION


The governor has nominated Karen McCarthy, a prosecutor for the past 27 years at the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, to fill a vacancy on the Parole Board. The Parole Board has seven members and McCarthy would be […]

By |2019-06-10T23:14:16+00:00June 10th, 2019|Action Alert|Comments Off on Oppose Governor Baker’s Parole Board Nominee

Statement Supporting Professor Ron Sullivan

MACDL has issued a statement in support of Harvard Law School Professor Ron Sullivan, after Harvard College declined to renew his status as a faculty dean following student protests based upon his choice to defend Harvey Weinstein in a criminal case. No attorney should face adverse consequences for choosing to represent a criminal defendant and Harvard’s decision in this case demonstrates a lack of respect […]

By |2019-05-14T15:18:00+00:00May 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Statement Supporting Professor Ron Sullivan

MACDL Elects John Amabile as New Vice President

On May 1, 2019, MACDL’s Board voted to elect Attorney John Amabile as the Association’s new Vice President. Mr. Amabile will take on that role in June 2019, supporting Victoria Kelleher, who will take office as MACDL’s President that month. Mr. Amabile will serve a two-year term as Vice President before succeeding Ms. Kelleher as MACDL’s President. Mr. Amabile is a Principal of the law firm Amabile & […]

By |2019-06-10T18:21:23+00:00May 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Elects John Amabile as New Vice President

MACDL President Condemns Indictment of Judge

MACDL President Derege Demissie represented MACDL today in a debate on WGBH regarding U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s indictment of Massachusetts Judge Shelley M. Joseph for allegedly helping a defendant in her courtroom avoid detention by ICE agents. MACDL strongly condemns the actions of the U.S. Attorney in bringing this prosecution to intimidate state court judges. ICE’s actions in the courthouses of Massachusetts deny both US citizens and noncitizens due […]

By |2019-04-26T00:58:58+00:00April 26th, 2019|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on MACDL President Condemns Indictment of Judge

MACDL Supports Conditional Guilty Pleas

On February 28, 2019, MACDL submitted a comment in response to the amendment to Mass. R. Crim. P. 12 proposed by the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure. MACDL joined the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in expressing support for allowing conditional guilty pleas for the first time in Massachusetts (following the SJC’s decision in

By |2019-04-02T14:41:58+00:00February 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Supports Conditional Guilty Pleas

NPR Features Exonerated Client of MACDL Board Member

Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Conn. This business is meant to reboot a career Schand says was stolen from him at the age of 19 when he was wrongfully convicted of a crime and was imprisoned for 27 years.
Photo: Karen Brown/NEPR

A recent NPR story features  Mark […]

By |2019-04-01T15:24:00+00:00February 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on NPR Features Exonerated Client of MACDL Board Member

2018 Annual Winter Meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:30–9pm

Carrie Nation Restaurant & Cocktail Club, 11 Beacon Street, Boston

Come one, come all to a fun, informal gathering of the Massachusetts criminal defense bar. Appetizers will be provided, and there will be a cash bar as we mingle and share stories from this past year with old and new friends. Cost is only $30 for members […]

By |2019-03-12T13:49:05+00:00December 5th, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on 2018 Annual Winter Meeting

Dealing with Cell Phone Records

Friday, November 2, 2018, 3–6pm

Law Offices of WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston, MA


The Seminar is open to defense practitioners 0NLY
$25 MACDL Members, $35 Non-Members (3 hours CLE credit)

Cell phone evidence is an important part of a rapidly-growing number of criminal cases. As a criminal defense attorney, you want to […]

By |2019-03-12T13:49:32+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on Dealing with Cell Phone Records

Get More Involved with MACDL

MACDL strives to be an inclusive statewide organization. The membership committee is looking for help to grow our ranks with criminal defense lawyers from across the state. If you are interested in helping us plan events and other opportunities to grow and support our membership please let us know—just send an email to info@macdl.com and we will be in touch.

By |2018-11-01T15:31:07+00:00November 1st, 2018|News|Comments Off on Get More Involved with MACDL

Cutting Edge Issues for the Criminal Defense Bar

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 2:30–5:30pm

DOCKIT!, 75 Market St., 3rd Floor, Springfield, MA

Dear MACDL Members,

The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, which is authorized under G.L. c.211E to formulate uniform sentencing policies and develop systematic sentencing guidelines, recently approved a series of changes to the Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines. The use of the guidelines in sentencing advocacy often is effective in providing the judge with a […]

By |2019-03-12T13:50:13+00:00October 25th, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on Cutting Edge Issues for the Criminal Defense Bar
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