Preserving the Record and Standards of Review

Event Start:
10/19/2023 4:00 PM
Event End:
10/19/2023 6:00 PM

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Webinar Fee: $65

This Program is Online Only

CPCS approved 2.0 credits per session for the Mental Health Appeals, Adult Criminal Trial, MHLD, YAD, YAD Appeals, and Adult Criminal Appeals panels.The program is approved for 1.5 credits for the CAFL panel.


To receive credits attendees must be logged on during the program for a minimum of 80% of the conference time. Certificates will be emailed to all attendees who were logged onto the program for at least 80% of the program time.


Hon. Dalila A. Wendlandt, Supreme Judicial Court

Hon. Joseph M. Ditkoff, Massachusetts Appeals Court

Eva G. Jellison, Esq., Wood & Nathanson, LLP
Joseph N. Schneiderman, Esq.
Nora A. Sullivan, Esq., Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Appeals Court

Thomas H. Townsend, Esq., Chief of Appellate Unit, Northwestern DA’s Office


Criminal appellate CLE returns to the Social Law Library! Through an interactive seminar with an all-star faculty of practitioners and justices, attorneys will recap recent caselaw, learn how to preserve and raise issues on appeal, and how to apply and understand standards of review on appeal in criminal cases. If you handle criminal cases, don't miss this course.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to preserve at trial for the appeal
  • How different objections preserve different issues
  • How to ensure that you “save” the record, i.e., with an offer of proof, take the steps to ensure proper jury instructions, objections to summations
  • Identifying and working with the standard of review
  • How to identify whether an issue is preserved
  • Working within mixed and layered standards of review

Making objections

  • Desiderio – 491 Mass. 809
  • Preserving jury instruction challenges
  • Trial objections, motions in limine, and offers of proof
  • Motions to suppress (including the SJC’s recent decision in Dellossantos on the adequacy of affidavits.) – 492 Mass. 242
  • Summations

Also, to be covered -

  • Motions for new trial 33E
  • The differences between prejudicial error and substantial risk of a miscarriage of justice review
  • Abuse of discretion
  • Motions to suppress
  • How to show prejudice
  • Best practices/writing tips

Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general contact CLE Coordinator, Michael Saporito by email at Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Registration fees are non-refundable. Most Social Law Library CLE events are recorded and recordings are sent to all who are registered. The recording is available by digital download, generally within a week after the program date. CLE credit, when applicable, is only granted when the live webinar is attended. 

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