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2023 MACDL Annual Conference

  • June 08, 2023
  • June 09, 2023
  • Harraseeket Inn, Freeport Maine


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MACDL Annual Conference

June 8th and June 9th, 2023

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME

For the first time since 2019, MACDL's annual conference is back at the Harraseeket--live and in living color!

Thursday, June 8th

8:00 a.m.       Registration & Breakfast


8:30 a.m.       President’s Welcome

                        Amber L. Tucker, The Law Office of Amber L. Tucker


8:45 a.m.       State Constitutional Arguments

                        Jamesa Drake, Drake Law


10:00 a.m.     Break & Snacks


10:15 a.m.     Representing & Advocating for Trans Clients 

                        Gia Drew, EqualityMaine


11:15 a.m.     2022-2023 Legislative Updates

                        Walter F. McKee, McKee Law


12:00 p.m.     Lunch


1:00 p.m.       All Aboard the Crazy Train: Defending the Mentally Ill Offender in Serious Criminal Cases

      Nellie King, NACDL President, Law Offices of Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL)


2:00 p.m.     Attorney-Directed Voir Dire: Applying Lessons Learned from Civil Cases

                         Ben Gideon, Gideon Asen


3:00 p.m.       Break & Snacks                   


3:15 p.m.        Ethics is Reely Fun

                        Stephen J. Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz


4:15 p.m.        MACDL Defender Reception    


6:00 p.m.       MACDL 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (Separate Registration Required!)


CLE CREDITS (Day 1):  4 General Hours; 1 Ethics; 1 H&D (6 hours total)

Friday, June 9


8:00 a.m.       Registration & Breakfast


8:30 a.m.       Fighting (and Winning!) Probation Revocation Motions                  

                        Cory McKenna, McKenna PLLC


9:30 a.m.       2022-2023 Law Court Updates

                        David Bobrow, Bedard & Bobrow


10:30 a.m.     Break & Snacks


10:45 a.m.     Understanding Police K9 Cases & Dog Sniff Evidence

                        Andy Falco Jimenez, Falco K9 Academy, and Kristine Hanly, Garmey Law 


12:15 p.m.     Lunch            


1:00 p.m.       Anatomy of a Jury Trial

  James Howaniec, Howaniec Law Offices, and Jesse Archer, The Law Office of Jesse James Ian Archer


2:30 p.m.       Break & Snacks


2:45 p.m.       A State Court Practitioner’s Guide to Federal Court

                         David Beneman, Federal Defender’s Office


3:45 p.m.       Closing Remarks


4:00 p.m.       Adjourn


CLE CREDITS (Day 2): 6 General Hours.


Total for both days: 12 CLE Credit Hours, including 10 general hours and 1 hour each of Ethics and H&D credit.

The cost to attend both days is $400 for non-MACDL members; $350 for MACDL members.

To attend for one day only, the cost is $225 for members and $275 for non-MACDL members.

The cost of attendance includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch. There will also be a cocktail hour for all attendees following presentations on Thursday, June 8th with two free (beer/wine) drink tickets for each person and unlimited free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Registrations are absolutely non-refundable after June 1st. 

Please contact me at with any questions or concerns.

Can't wait to see you!

Tina H. Nadeau

MACDL Executive Director

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