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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 Commonwealth v. Gomez, […]

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 Schand, who was exonerated with […]

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 and $40 for non-members. New […]

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 know whether the government’s analysis […]

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 reason for a shorter sentence […]

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

Immigration Updates for Defense Attorneys

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:30–1:30pm

Todd & Weld, LLP, One Federal Street, Boston

Dear MACDL Members,

Please join us for the next in our series of informal brown bag lunches!

Wendy Wayne, Director of the CPCS Immigration Impact Unit, will lead a conversation about what’s new in immigration that should concern the criminal defense bar, addressing issues including:

  • Current immigration enforcement priorities and […]
By |2019-03-12T13:50:28+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on Immigration Updates for Defense Attorneys

Race Matters in Jury Selection

Thursday, October 18, 4–6pm

Todd & Weld, LLP, One Federal Street, Boston, MA
9th Floor Conference Center

Join MACDL for a discussion about how jury selection is changing in Massachusetts, and the best ways to obtain a jury that will be fair to our ethnically and racially diverse clients. We will discuss implicit racial bias, jury questionnaires, and how to talk to potential jurors during panel voir […]

By |2019-03-12T13:50:43+00:00October 18th, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on Race Matters in Jury Selection

Brown Bag Lunch


Compassionate Release and Medical Parole in Massachusetts


Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 12:30–2:30pm

Todd & Weld, LLP, One Federal Street, Boston

Dear MACDL Members,

Please join us for the fourth in our series of informal brown bag lunches!


THE COSTS OF CARE FOR DYING PRISONERS HAS SKYROCKETED as […]

By |2019-03-12T13:51:05+00:00July 18th, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on Brown Bag Lunch

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 […]

By |2019-03-12T13:52:01+00:00June 7th, 2018|Past Events|Comments Off on An Evening with Michael Ponsor
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