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CLE WEBINAR: Advocating for Clients at 58A Hearings

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 3–4:30pm

This free webinar will address the emerging trend of the substitution of 58A dangerousness petitions for cash bail as a way to hold defendants in pretrial detention and will provide you with practical tools and strategies to effectively advocate for your clients’ release.

Experienced attorneys Shira Diner and Makis Antzoulatos will discuss the implications of these petitions in the context of  amendments to the bail […]

By |2020-09-22T16:46:17-04:00September 14th, 2020|Past Events|Comments Off on CLE WEBINAR: Advocating for Clients at 58A Hearings

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 |2020-09-14T19:36:34-04:00July 1st, 2020|Past 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 |2020-06-30T21:31:08-04:00June 30th, 2020|Past Events|Comments Off on Racial Justice Task Force Meeting

Brown Bag Lunch: Next-Level Sentencing Advocacy

March 13, 12:30 to 1:30pm

Todd & Weld, LLP, One Federal Street, Boston

JOIN US for an informal brown bag lunch with Jane Peachy of the Federal Defenders, who will lead a conversation about strategies for excellent sentencing advocacy applicable in both state and federal court. Our discussion will cover both the underlying principles and purposes of sentencing and the nuts and bolts […]

By |2020-03-16T16:56:05-04:00March 13th, 2020|Past Events|Comments Off on Brown Bag Lunch: Next-Level Sentencing Advocacy

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 |2020-02-10T18:58:47-05:00January 28th, 2020|Past Events|Comments Off on MACDL to Host Reception Following CJA Training

New Sentencing Computation Issues

Friday, November 22, 2019, 12pm – 1:30pm

Todd & Weld, LLP, One Federal Street, Boston

Dear MACDL Members,

Please join us for MACDL’s next informal brown bag lunch where we will be joined by Lee Gartenberg, Director of Inmate Services at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. Attorney Gartenberg will help us understand the new policies concerning earned good time, completion credits, and other sentencing computation […]

By |2019-11-23T14:28:44-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Past Events|Comments Off on New Sentencing Computation Issues

DNA Training — Beyond the Basics

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Law Offices of WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston

A COMPREHENSIVE DNA TRAINING geared towards trial and post-conviction attorneys that gets beyond the basics, led by forensic DNA experts as well as experienced attorneys. The training will cover the following topics, and will end with breakout sessions examining issues in cases proposed by attendees:

  • DNA litigation tips and […]
By |2019-06-14T20:47:20-04:00June 13th, 2019|Past Events|Comments Off on DNA Training — Beyond the Basics

Women’s MACDL Happy Hour

Join Us — Appetizers Provided, Cash Bar

Who: The Women of Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) & women who need to belong but don’t know it yet!

When: Tuesday April 23, 2019, from 5 to 8pm

Where: Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Why: To continue increasing connections, collaboration and support amongst the amazing female defense attorneys in the […]

By |2019-04-24T18:26:26-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Past Events|Comments Off on Women’s MACDL Happy Hour
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