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2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series (Sessions #1-#8)

  • November 29, 2021
  • December 14, 2021
  • Zoom


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MACDL's Fall 2021 Friday Lunchtime CLE Series

Friday, September 17th, 12 p.m.

2021 Legislative Updates with Walt McKee

Walt McKee, an Augusta-based trial attorney with 30 years of litigation experience, will present on the legislative changes from the 130th Legislature that will impact defense practice and people accused of crimes.

1 hr. general CLE credit

Friday, September 24th, 12 p.m. 

2021 SCOTUS & Circuit Court Updates with Jamesa Drake

Jamesa Drake, an Auburn-based appellate litigator and adjunct professor with nearly 20 years of experience in criminal appellate work, will provide an overview of developments impacting criminal defense with the U.S. Supreme Court and the Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as a preview of what to look for in the coming term.

1 hr. general CLE credit

Friday, October 1st, 12 p.m.

2020-2021 Law Court Decisions with Rory McNamara

Rory McNamara, a Berwick-based appellate litigator who practices before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court more than any other defense attorney in Maine, will present on the criminal defense opinions over the past year that will impact defense practice moving forward.

1 hr. general CLE credit

Friday, October 15th, 12 p.m.

The Ethics of Competence with Sarah Branch

Sarah Branch, a Brunswick-based criminal and juvenile defense attorney with 15 years of experience, will present on the ethical challenges and conflicts inherent in representing clients accused of crimes who are deemed incompetent to stand trial or who struggle with other significant mental illness.

1 hr. ethics CLE credit

Friday, October 22nd, 12 p.m. 

Working Effectively with Mental Health Experts with Kristine Hanly, Lisa Whittier, Dr. Chuck Robinson, and Dr. Elise Magnuson

Both Kristine Hanly, a Portland-based trial attorney, and Lisa Whittier, an Augusta-based criminal defense attorney, have more than a decade of experience in representing an array of clients—and engaging the assistance of mental health experts like Dr. Chuck Robinson and Dr. Elise Magnuson to help advocate for their mentally ill clients, build defenses, and attack the prosecution’s case. This panel discussion will focus on the most effective way to engage with mental health experts before, during, and after trial.

1 hr. general CLE credit

Friday, October 29th, 12 p.m.

Advocacy Using Sentencing Data with James Mason, Logan Perkins, and David Bate

Jim Mason, a Brunswick-based criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years’ experience, will present data that he has compiled regarding sentencing in various homicide cases throughout Maine, breaking down the data and sharing the results to provide attendees tools for advocacy in negotiating resolutions with the State and in arguing sentencing before the court—both as pleas and after trial. Jim also will be joined by Belfast-based criminal defense attorney, Logan Perkins, as well as Bangor-based defense attorney David Bate.

1 hr. general CLE credit

Friday, November 5th, 12 p.m.

Cross-Examining Mental Health "Experts" with Damon Parrish

Damon Parrish, a long-time public defender based in Houston, TX, will present on a topic that he knows well: using tips and tricks and your own expert to attack the supposedly unimpeachable state mental health expert. Mr. Parrish has made similar presentations in national arenas, including for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

1 hr. general CLE credit

Friday, November 19th, 12 p.m.

Litigating Racial Bias & Pretextual Stops with Heather Gonzales and David Bobrow

Heather Gonzales, a criminal trial attorney with 20 years of experience who now serves as Assistant Federal Defender in Portland, and David Bobrow, an Eliot-based criminal defense attorney and litigator with 20 years of experience, will be presenting based on their first-hand experiences successfully litigating issues of implicit bias, racial discrimination, and pretextual investigatory stops by the Maine State Police on our highways. Ms. Gonzales and Mr. Bobrow will discuss case law and practical strategies for identifying issues of racial bias, educating the court regarding such issues, and preparing such issues for litigation before all-white juries. 

1 hr. H&D CLE credit


$100 for 8-part series (MACDL members);

$200 for 8-part series (non-MACDL members)

Total for series: 6 General CLE credits, 1 Ethics CLE credit, 1 H&D CLE credit (if watched live)


The cost for the full 8-part series will be $100 for MACDL members and $200 for non-MACDL members.

The cost per session, if you register individually, will be $25 per session for MACDL members and $50 per session for non-MACDL members.

If you are a criminal defense practitioner and would like to join MACDL prior to registering, please visit us at

All payments must be processed prior to an attendee being allowed to participate in and view the CLE. No exceptions.

Online payments via PayPal are strongly encouraged. No credit card payments can be or will be processed by MACDL directly. Checks or money orders for the amount due can be sent to: MACDL, P.O. Box 17462, Portland, ME 04112.

No cancellations will be allowed, and no refunds will be given. Each attendee will be provided a recorded version of the CLE to watch for self-study through the Board of Bar Overseers.

Questions can be directed to Tina Nadeau, Executive Director, at

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