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Take the ABA’s 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

JOIN MACDL MEMBERS in the ABA’s 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. We will read the materials, split up into four separate sections, and meet weekly to discuss. Discussion dates are: July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th (Wednesdays from 4–5pm). Please register in advance for this meeting:

ZOOM Link to Register for the Challenge

After registering, you will receive a confirmation […]

By |2020-07-01T20:50:51+00:00July 1st, 2020|Events|Comments Off on Take the ABA’s 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Racial Justice Task Force Meeting


NOW at 3pm on TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2020


AS CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, we are on the front line in a criminal system that tears apart Black communities through violence and incarceration, and we are uniquely situated to dismantle it. MACDL’s Racial Justice Task Force Meeting will be TUESDAY, JUNE 30th at 3pm. After a brief introduction, all […]

By |2020-06-30T21:31:08+00:00June 30th, 2020|Past Events|Comments Off on Racial Justice Task Force Meeting

Dismantling Structural Racism in the Commonwealth’s Criminal Courts

June 15, 2020 — In reply to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court


MACDL’s Board of Directors and Racial Justice Committee take seriously the Supreme Judicial Court’s declaration that we all must all harness the power and privilege that comes with our professional accomplishments to end racial injustice. There is no neutrality in racism; failing to take aggressive measures allows racist […]

By |2020-06-15T19:59:06+00:00June 15th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Dismantling Structural Racism in the Commonwealth’s Criminal Courts

Say Their Names

The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is outraged by the most recent show of force and violence against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, events that are endemic to Black America and reflect the history of racism and oppression in this country.

But it is not enough to be outraged. We must confront how our criminal justice system has failed people of color.

Our system has perpetuated racism […]

By |2020-06-01T16:53:43+00:00June 1st, 2020|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on Say Their Names

The Pandemic Shouldn’t Deprive Prisoners of Their Rights

Commentary by MACDL Board president, Victoria Kelleher, posted on the WBUR website.


Last week, several men and women with preexisting health concerns were released from pretrial custody — some to home confinement, some with GPS monitoring — by agreement with the Suffolk County prosecutor. Each represented one less person imprisoned without due process; one less person to get infected with the coronavirus behind bars.

Since […]

By |2020-03-24T15:24:41+00:00March 24th, 2020|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on The Pandemic Shouldn’t Deprive Prisoners of Their Rights

Join MACDL Online to Lobby for Bar Advocate Rate Increases

Before any of us heard of COVID-19, MACDL had dedicated itself to pursuing constitutionally mandated rate increases–first in Carasquillo v. Hampden County, and then in lobbying efforts. These increases are: $85 for District Court, $125 for Superior Court, and $148 for Murder Panel. These are not fantasy figures. Consider that of those states that pay bar advocates hourly rates, only Oregon and Wisconsin pay less for misdemeanors than Massachusetts […]

By |2020-03-24T15:37:59+00:00March 23rd, 2020|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on Join MACDL Online to Lobby for Bar Advocate Rate Increases

MACDL to Host Reception Following CJA Training

THE FEDERAL DEFENDERS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT (CJA) BOARD will present a CLE program on Tuesday, January 28 from 2:30 to 5 pm (note time change to accommodate a reception that MACDL will host following the program) in the jury assembly room of the Boston federal courthouse. We hope to be able to stream to RI, NH, Springfield, and Worcester

The seminar will include a panel discussion of tips for […]

By |2020-02-10T18:58:47+00:00January 28th, 2020|Past Events|Comments Off on MACDL to Host Reception Following CJA Training

2019 Board Election Results

THANKS TO ALL THOSE NAMED on the slate and all who voted. We welcome Aviva Jeruchim, Mona Igram and John Swomley as the newest members of the Board. They each bring a multitude of talents, strong opinions, and a collegial spirit, and will be a terrific asset to the organization and our members. Current board members Luke Ryan, Ed Masferrer and Shira Diner were all re-elected. We recognize Marty Rosenthal’s contributions […]

By |2019-09-24T14:10:42+00:00September 24th, 2019|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on 2019 Board Election Results

ACLU, MACDL urge court to dismiss case against “Straight Pride Parade” counter-protester

BOSTON, September 9, 2019 – The ACLU and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) are urging the Supreme Judicial Court to dismiss a charge against a demonstrator arrested at the “Straight Pride Parade.” The ACLU of Massachusetts and MACDL today submitted a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of the Commonwealth’s attempt to end this case.

Thirty-six people were arrested by Boston police during the “Straight Pride Parade” and counter-protests on […]

By |2019-09-10T13:56:22+00:00September 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on ACLU, MACDL urge court to dismiss case against “Straight Pride Parade” counter-protester

MACDL Calls for Immediate Investigation of BMC Judge

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Media Contact: Victoria Kelleher
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MACDL Calls for Immediate Investigation of BMC Judge Richard Sinnott

Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott’s decision to place a lawyer in handcuffs and detain her for several hours for “interrupting” him is a gross abuse of power that requires judicial disciplinary action.

Susan Church, a prominent lawyer who was awarded the Pro Bono Publico award by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2017, appeared pro […]

By |2019-09-11T12:28:05+00:00September 5th, 2019|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on MACDL Calls for Immediate Investigation of BMC Judge