News and Action Alerts


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 […]

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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!


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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 […]

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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 […]

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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