Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1980. MACDL provides the criminal defense bar with support, information, and a strong, credible voice in the pursuit of justice.
MACDL is an organization for Massachusetts criminal defense lawyers, providing them with support in the practice of their craft through an exchange of experience, legal precedent and research. Its members strive to protect the individual rights of the citizens of the Commonwealth, most particularly the right to counsel. MACDL also attempts to educate the public about the role of criminal defense lawyers and coordinates efforts with other associations and legislators to better the criminal justice system.
Membership in the MACDL is limited to criminal defense attorneys and its associates, as well as those in support of the criminal defense practice. MACDL is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
The Speer Award is presented annually to recognize those defense attorneys whose appellate work exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in service of those accused of crime.
Types of MACDL Memberships
The types of membership to MACDL includes the following categories:
Benefits of Membership
The benefits of belonging to MACDL include:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Massachusetts 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 Past Presidents and MACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the MACDL.
Use this directory to find a Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.