On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, more than 200 MACDL members and their guests came to MACDL’s Spring/Summer meeting at Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston.
MACDL’s president, Max Stern, brought the meeting to order and spoke about the association's recent activities and accomplishments.
Jack Cunha, former president of MACDL, received recognition with a plaque that stated: “Better that many guilty should go free than that one innocent should suffer.”
Patricia Garin presented Leslie Walker with the Gideon Award. Walker has been Executive Director of Prisoner’s Legal Services for 11 years. Patty Garin’s remarks can be found here.
J. Carney, Jr. presented Janice Bassil with the Balliro Award and Joseph Balliro, Sr. was involved in the presentation of the award.
Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at NYU School of Law, was the night’s keynote speaker. As defined by their website, The Equal Justice Initiative is a “private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.” Most recently, Stevenson is known for his successful representation of Evan Miller in Miller v. Alabama before the Supreme Court, in which the Court determined that mandatory sentencing of juveniles to life without parole is unconstitutional (decided March 2012).
For more information about the Equal Justice Initiative see here.
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