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Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)

About the MACDL


  • Founded: 1992
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Location: Portland, Maine

Mission and History

The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) was established in 1992 to give support and training to criminal defense attorneys practicing in the state of Maine. On the first Friday in June each year the organization host an annual meeting and legal seminar.

At the annual meeting, MACDL presents two awards, the President's Award and the Unsung Hero Award.

Members must be Maine criminal defense attorneys, actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases. The applicant must also support the purposes of MACDL by certifying his or her commitment to the fair administration of criminal justice and the defense of individuals accused of criminal acts. Judges and prosecutors are not eligible to join or remain in the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



Board of Directors

Jamesa J Drake
Frankfort, KY
Amber L Tucker
President Elect
Lewiston, ME
Jeremy Pratt
Vice President
Camden, ME
Walter F McKee
Augusta, ME
Dylan R Boyd
Portland, ME
Adam Sherman
Lewiston, ME

Unsung Hero Award

This award is given each year to the criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the highest level of commitment, passion, and tireless pursuit of justice in the representation of indigent defendants.

Sherry Tash
Whitefield, ME
Robert J. Ruffner
Robert J. Ruffner
Portland, ME
Amy Fairfield
Amy Fairfield
Portland, ME
Jeremy Pratt
Camden, ME
Robert A Levine
Portland, ME

MACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Richard L Hartley
The Law Office of Richard L. Hartley, P.C.
Bangor, ME
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Tina Heather Nadeau
The Law Office of Tina Heather Nadeau, PLLC
Portland, ME
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George A Hess
The Hess Law Firm
Auburn, ME
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Joseph Goodman
Goodman Law Firm P.A.
Portland, ME
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Thomas J. Carey
Sanders & Hanstein, P.A.
Farmington, ME
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William T Bly
Biddeford, ME
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Contact the MACDL

Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
P.O. Box 17642
Portland, ME 04112-8642
Office: (207) 523-9869

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Benefits of Membership

For attorneys in Maine, the benefits of joining the MACDL include:

  • attending an annual legal seminar on the first Friday in June;
  • receiving a quarterly newsletter, "the Maine Defender," that highlights upcoming news and events about the organization, recent legislative changes and appellate cases that impact the practice of criminal defense;
  • CLE Seminars that provide CLE credits towards MCILS Annual Requirements;
  • reduced registration fees for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars; and
  • MACDL discussion forum where members can ask questions and share information with other members.

Directory of DUI Defense Attorneys in Maine

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Maine which includes both MACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the MACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for MACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the MACDL.

Use this directory to find a Maine criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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