News and Action Alerts


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 |February 28th, 2019|Categories: 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 |February 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on NPR Features Exonerated Client of MACDL Board Member

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 and we will be in touch.

By |November 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Get More Involved with MACDL

MACDL Condemns Politically-Motivated Attacks

Media Contact: Derege Demissie | 617-354-3944 |

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 […]

By |May 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on MACDL Condemns Politically-Motivated Attacks

MACDL Strike Force Victory

The MACDL Strike Force Committee Chair, John Amabile , recently represented a MACDL member who was subpoenaed to testify against a client charged with conspiring to violate the drug laws. The case stemmed from an alleged incident where a family member brought an eyeglass case to court for the Defendant, who was in custody, When the lawyer was on her way to speak […]

By |May 10th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on MACDL Strike Force Victory

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 […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Action Alert|Comments Off on Contact Reps to Increase District Court Pay Rate