THE NEW MASSACHUSETTS SENTENCING GUIDELINES: Learn what the judges learn!

Event Start:
09/27/2018 3:30 PM
Event End:
09/27/2018 6:30 PM

Date & Time: Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Social Law Library, Boston, MA
Program Fee: $65 which includes a copy of the Guidelines


CPCS approved for 3 CLE credits for the post-conviction and the adult criminal trial panels. This program is also approved for 3 hours CLE credit for Youthful Offender certified attorneys, but not for Juvenile Delinquency attorneys.

The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission presented this same program to judges in June!

“For counsel, understanding the Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines is essential to effectively advocate on sentencing issues.” —MCLE’s Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Manual


Superior Court Judge John T. Lu, Chair, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, (Moderator)
Shira Diner, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Training Unit, CPCS; Voting Member and defense representative, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission
Lee J. Gartenberg, Esq., Director of Inmate Legal Services, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office;
Former Member, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission
Sarah M. Joss, Esq., Deputy Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Probation Service
Lee M. Kavanagh, Research Director, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission
Dean A. Mazzone, Esq., Deputy Chief, Criminal Bureau, Attorney General’s Office;
Voting Member and prosecution representative, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Late last year, the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission approved a major and historic overhaul to the Sentencing Guidelines (effective November 24, 2017).

Among the stated goals of using the Guidelines are to “promote greater uniformity in sentencing” and to “hold judges more accountable in sentencing.”

You will not only learn the underlying structure and philosophy of the empirical, evidence-based Guidelines, but also be advised how to fashion sentencing recommendations tailored to your case based on a diagnostic “Sentencing Guidelines Grid.”

“For counsel,” MCLE’s Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Manual implores, “understanding the Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines is essential to effectively advocate on sentencing issues.”

Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito at 617-226-1343 or msaporito@socialaw.com. Space is limited. Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Same day registrations are $5.00 extra. Registration fees are non-refundable. Registrants for this program acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken; registrants agree that the submission of their registrations for this program constitutes their written consent to the Social Law Library’s use of any such image in print and online materials solely for promotion of the Library’s noncommercial CLE seminars
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