"The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the only statewide association of lawyers in Massachusetts devoted exclusively to serving all segments of the defense bar. According to our mission statement: MACDL's mission is to preserve the adversary system of justice; to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime. MACDL will be an advocate for the advocate." If you practice criminal defense law in Massachusetts, you belong in MACDL.
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FAIR SENTENCING FOR YOUTH: Contact the Conference Committee MONDAY
The Conference Committee (3 members of the House and 3 members of the Senate) will be meeting as soon as Tuesday to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the juvenile sentencing bill: “An Act relative to juvenile life sentences for first-degree murder." WE NEED YOUR CALLS MONDAY to flood our Legislature with what we want for youth. For details, click here.
Update on Domestic Violence Legislation
On April 8th the House summarily passed H4038. However, rather than vote on H1897, the Senate has referred its own bill (S1897) to a conference committee consisting of Senators Spilka (chair), Creem and Ross.
MACDL President Liza Lunt addressed a letter last week to the members of the Senate committee, setting forth MACDL's concerns about both bills.
Click here for the complete text.
President's Message: The Year So Far
It was good to see so many of you at our Winter Meeting earlier this month (it was the first time we've ever had to postpone a meeting for a snowstorm!) We were fortunate to have Jon Rapping of Gideon's Promise as our keynote speaker. Click here to continue President's Message.
Testimony Before the MBA Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation
On March 26, 2014 MACDL president, Liza Lunt testified on behalf of MACDL at a public hearing before the MBA Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation. Click here for the written statement submitted by MACDL.
MACDL Announces Witness Advocacy and Representation Network (WARN)
MACDL is pleased to announce the creation of a state-wide Witness Advocacy and Representation Network (WARN) designed to provide pro bono legal representation for individuals who are contacted by law enforcement agents for questioning or interrogation. For more information and to participate, click here.
Comments on Proposed Ethics Changes
MACDL recently submitted our comments to the SJC on the proposed changes to the Code of Professional Responsibility. Prepared by Marty Rosenthal and Liza Lunt, the comments can be found here.
MACDL Recommendations on Eyewitness Evidence
In response to the request of the Supreme Judicial Court, MACDL submitted extensive comments on the draft report and recommendations of the SJC Study Group on Eyewitness Evidence. The comments prepared by Lisa Steele were endorsed by the Board of Directors and sent to the court in a letter from MACDL President Liza Lunt. For the complete text of MACDL's position, click here. (You can view a copy of the Study Group's report here.)
From the Sentencing Project
Marc Mauer, of the Sentencing Project in Washington D.C. offered to share with us two shadow reports submitted by The Sentencing Project to the U.N. Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) later this month. The first report, Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System documents the impact of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and how they violate the ICCPR, which the United States ratified in 1992.
The second report, Democracy Imprisoned: A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States, details the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States in violation of the ICCPR.
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MACDL comprises approximately 1,000 criminal defense lawyers, covering all types of criminal defense matters in the federal courts and every state court serving the Commonwealth. You can search our Member list by name or location.