Thedford Garber Law's Second Annual 

Criminal Defense + Plaintiff's Civil Rights CLE Conference

San Juan, Puerto Rico

  Exceptional presentations + rest, relaxation, and fun

May 20-21, 2022

9 Hrs CLE Credit, Incl. diversity and ethics* 

Questions? Contact Sara Garber: 773-288-9304;


9 Hours of CLE Credit

Incl. diversity + ethics *

Registration Fee:


Space is limited by venue. Register now!

Registration Fee includes: attendance at the CLE Conference as well as coffee, tea, juice, and breakfast on Friday and Saturday before presentations.


Also included are appetizers and free drinks at the Saturday night send-off party


Friday May 20, 2022

8:00am-12:30pm Lectures

-breakfast + snack included

Saturday May 21, 2022

8:00am-12:30pm Lectures

-breakfast + snack included 

8-10pm Party 

-appetizers + free drinks

Time TBD 

Optional walking tour of Puerto Rican anti-colonial resistance to visit the location of a number of uprisings against US colonialism

Explore Puerto Rico

The conference is designed to leave afternoons free for you to enjoy Puerto Rico! The hotel can help you organize any excursions or you can set off on your own adventure!

Here are some of our favorite Suggestions:

Explore El Yunque National Forest

Visit the Island of Vieques 

Swim in the Gozalandia waterfall

Explore the food, art, and music in Old San Juan

Explore the beautiful Playa Flamenco





The conference hotel is El Convento located in beautiful and charming Old San Juan. 

It is a small boutique hotel with pool and jacuzzi nestled just steps away from historic landmarks and nightlife, where old world charm and elegance meet contemporary comfort and luxury. 


Hotel Website

Explore the Hotel's website: 

Hotel El Convento

Be sure to visit the beautiful beach at El Convento's sister property in nearby Isla Verde! 

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We are excited to curate another year of presentations in the areas of criminal defense and plaintiff's civil rights litigation (police misconduct, prisoners rights) and important areas of overlap.

What to Expect When You are Expecting DNA: Deconstructing a Forensic DNA Case + DNA Q&A with Dr. Reich


Dr. Karl Reich 

Independent Forensics

Leading National DNA expert

Use of Experts in Excessive Force and Other Civil Rights Cases


David Owens

Loevy & Loevy

Civil Rights Attorney

Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago

Seattle / Chicago

How to Try A Confession Case


Andrea Lyon

Lyon Law

Criminal Defense Attorney, Professor, Nationally Recognized Capital

Defense Expert


Abolition: What is Abolition Lawyering and How Can Legal Workers

Help and Hurt the Movement

Room Block

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Joey Mogul

People's Law Office

Civil Rights and Criminal Defense attorney, Movement Attorney, Professor,

and Author


Reserve your room at the hotel now with a discounted rate available until April 17, 2022


Call or email the hotel to reserve at this rate and make sure to indicate you are part of the Thedford Garber Law Conference:




Room block is for Friday and Saturday nights, May 20-21, 2022, but discounted rate will be honored for 3 days before and after if space is available


This is a small boutique hotel with beautiful unique rooms and limited availability, reserve soon to guarantee your spot in this hotel. 


Discounted rates before taxes:


Queen $209

Double $229

Queen/Double w view $249

Jr Suite $349

Sitting and Rocking: Representing Your Client By Connecting


Cynthia Roseberry


Deputy director of the ACLU’s Justice Division, Criminal Legal Reform Advocate, Criminal Defense Attorney


The Intersection of Mental Disabilities and the Criminal Legal System

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Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley Law

Criminal Defense Attorney and Author

New York / Washington

Don't Worry, Everything's Fine, I Took a CLE on Diversity: A CLE on Diversity 

(Racism and the Practice of Law)


We share your concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. Although we canceled the conference the last two years, we are looking forward to safely hosting the conference this year. We will keep you updated as the conference gets closer, but we will be taking appropriate steps to do our best to keep everyone safe.


We encourage you to keep yourself updated (and we will do our best to as well) on any changes to local or airline regulations related to Covid-19.

*9 hrs Illinois CLE credit, including diversity and ethics pending. We will assist any attendee with CLE credit in their jurisdictions, most of which will allow reciprocal credit for courses approved in Illinois


- We provide forms/info for CLE in all other jurisdictions.


Questions ?

If you have any questions or ideas please reach out to us: 


Sara Garber

Cell: 773-288-9304


Tony Thedford 

Cell: 773-315-1033


Tony Thedford 

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense Attorney

Adjunct Professor, DePaul University College of Law

Sara Garber

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney 

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The Fight Against US Colonialism in Puerto Rico Then and Now (A Panel)

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Ida Luz (Lucy) Rodriguez- Political Activist and Former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner

Alicia Rodriguez -  Political Activist and Former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner

Oscar Lopez, Jr. - Political Activist and Former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner

Melinda Power (moderator)-  West Town Law Office

Civil rights + Criminal Defense Attorney, Supporter of the Puerto Rican independence Movement and Attorney for Former Puerto Rican Political Prisoners



Group shot of boat trip from 2019 TG Law CLE in

Honolulu, Hawaii

If you want to stay at the hotel but it is booked at the time you try to reserve, email me - I have set aside some extra rooms and they may be available.