On Thursday, January 19, 2012, more than 200 MACDL members and their guests turned out for the annual/winter meeting at Anthony's.
The meeting was brought to order by MACDL president, Max Stern, who outlined the association's recent activities and accomplishments. The complete text of his remarks can be found here.
Marsha Levick, Deputy Director, Chief Counsel and Co-founder of The Juvenile Law Center was the evening's keynote speaker.
Special honorees for the evening were Stephanie Page and the Hon. Michael J. Ponsor.
Stephanie, retiring after 30+ years at CPCS was presented with MACDL's Gideon Award, recognizing her as "champion of the noblest principle that every defendant shall stand equal before the law." Stephanie joins Charles Clifford and William Leahy as only the third recipient of the Gideon Award. Presenting the award to Stephanie, Patricia Garin expressed "the debt of gratitude for her work these last 3 ½ decades and for all of the benefits our clients will enjoy for the next 3 ½ decades because of her great work." More remarks here.
Judge Ponsor received the MACDL Judicial Achievement Award in recognition of his "outstanding contributions to the quality of criminal justice as Judge and Magistrate-Judge of the Western Division of the United States District Court for Massachusetts." He is the first person ever to receive the award.
In his remarks accepting the award, Judge Ponsor expressed his admiration and respect for the criminal defense bar, saying that "the existence of a vigorous, independent judiciary distinguishes a free nation from a tyranny. But an independent judiciary is worthless without attorneys courageous enough to energetically represent persons charged with crimes." Read his complete remarks here.
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