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Upcoming events

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

    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

    • June 08, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME
    • 102

    MACDL 30th Anniversary Celebration

    Thursday, June 8th

    6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME

    “To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person - few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.”
    ― Clarence Darrow

    On behalf of MACDL's Events Committee (Steve Schwartz, Lenny Sharon, Walt McKee, and Amber Tucker):

    You are cordially invited to join MACDL as we celebrate--a smidge belatedly--our 30th anniversary at the beautiful Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Thursday, June 8th, at 6:00 p.m.

    Former MACDL Board Presidents are invited to attend our celebration for free (registration is still required).

    In addition, any attendee can register to attend at various sponsorship levels:

    $500 for Renegades,

    $250 for Rogues, and

    $100 for Rebels.

    The cost for all other attendees is $50 per person.

    Dinner will be buffet style with a cash bar.

    Cocktail hour will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. outside the Harraseeket with two free (beer/wine) drink tickets for each attendee, as well as snacks and unlimited non-alcoholic beverage options for all.

    Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible!

    Also, if you have photographs or memories you would like to share at the celebration, please send them to me at

    Additionally, if you would like to say a few words at the event, please let me know as soon as you can.

    I look forward to seeing many of you soon!


Past events

December 14, 2022 MACDL December 2022 CLE Session
November 04, 2022 MACDL October 2022 Friday Noontime Zoom CLE Series
September 16, 2022 Pozner on Cross: Advanced Techniques Using the Chapter Method
December 03, 2021 2021 MACDL Full-Day CLE Seminar
November 29, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series (Sessions #1-#8)
November 19, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #8: Litigating Racial Bias & Pretextual Stops with Heather Gonzales & David Bobrow
November 05, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #7: Cross-Examining Mental Health Experts with Damon Parrish
October 29, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #6: Sentencing Advocacy with James Mason, Logan Perkins, & David Bate
October 22, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #5: Working Effectively with Mental Health Experts, a panel discussion
October 15, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #4: The Ethics of Competence with Sarah Branch
October 01, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #3: Law Court Updates with Rory McNamara
September 24, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #2: SCOTUS & Circuit Court Updates with Jamesa Drake
September 17, 2021 2021 MACDL Fall CLE Series: Session #1: Legislative Updates with Walt McKee
December 18, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE #6: Marijuana OUIs with John Webb
December 11, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE #5: Does the Race of the Lawyer Matter? With Drew Findling
December 04, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE #4: Bar Complaints & More, with Jim Bowie
November 20, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE #3: State Forensics & Criminal Defense, with Dr. Sarah Miller
November 13, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE #2: Trial Tips & Evidence Tricks, with Joe Mekonis
November 06, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE #1: Canadian Consequences with OUIs, with Marisa Feil
November 06, 2020 MACDL Fall CLE Series (Sessions #1-#6)
October 30, 2020 MACDL Fall 2020 All-Day Seminar (10/30/2020)
June 26, 2020 Ethical Implications and Issues for Lawyers of the Day
June 14, 2020 Harassment, Bias, and Discrimination in Criminal Defense
June 12, 2020 Harassment, Bias, and Discrimination in Criminal Defense
June 06, 2020 Emerging Ethical Issues in Representing Criminal Defendants: Video
June 05, 2020 Emerging Ethical Issues in Representing Criminal Defendants
June 13, 2019 MACDL 2019 Annual Conference
December 14, 2018 Aroostook County Video Replay
October 18, 2018 MACDL Fall 2018 Sex Crimes Seminar
June 14, 2018 MACDL 2018 Annual Conference
June 15, 2017 2017 MACDL Annual Seminar
December 08, 2016 MACDL/MTLA Holiday Ethics CLE


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