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Thedford Garber Law's

Third Annual

Criminal Defense + Civil Rights CLE Conference



Cartagena, Colombia

March 23-24, 2023

Registration Deadline

March 1st

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Conference Info



Registration Deadline:

March 1st

9 Hours of CLE Credit

Incl. PR/Ethics*

Registration Fee: $395.00

*9 hrs Illinois CLE credit approved including 1 hr PR. We will assist any attendee with CLE credit in their jurisdictions, most of which will allow reciprocal credit.


The conference will be hosted by Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa


Conference Hotel Nearly Booked

See Overflow Options Below

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Nestled in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, 2 blocks from the sea, this unique luxury 5 star hotel in Colombia’s Caribbean coast is renowned as Cartagena’s best boutique hotel and one of the top 5 star luxury hotels in Colombia.


Discount Code: CATHEDFORD23

Discount Rates

Rooms are first come, first serve + space is limited - reserve now to guarantee a spot!

Reserve by Email:

"See the full beauty of Cartagena in the sweeping views from rooftop pool of the Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa." - Forbes


Th March 23

 Free breakfast for Hotel guests

8am-1pm Conference

1-2 lunch provided at Hotel

5-7pm Welcome Party

* unofficial after party TBA

Fri March 24

 Free breakfast for Hotel guests

8am-1pm Conference

1-2 lunch provided at Hotel

3pm Walking Tour of Black History of Cartagena

* 1.5 hr, meet front of Hotel, free and no need to sign up


Registration Fee includes:

  • Appetizers + drinks at party (plus-ones welcome)

  • 2 Day conference admission + coffee/tea/juice/snacks at conference 

  • Lunch provided at hotel restaurant both days 

  • Walking tour

Optional Group Activity


Join us if you like....


Rosario Islands Private Boat Tour

Saturday March 25 8a-3p


Boat ride, snorkeling, and Island beach time - drinks and lunch included!


Boat ride to Rosario National Park, a group of Colombian Caribbean islands with blue waters, white sand beaches, and coral reefs. We will enjoy the sun and sand, snorkel, and have drinks and lunch on the boat. 

We will also visit Cholón, a famous party island and end our tour at Playa Blanca, on Barú island where we can swim in the ocean and relax on beach chairs under palm tree shade.

*space is limited, reserve your spot soon. Must reserve and pay by March 15, 2023!

The Fight for Reproductive Rights Post Dobbs

Lisa Wayne


Criminal Defense Attorney; Executive Director NACDL and the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice; Harvard Law Trial Practice Institute faculty 

Denver, CO

High Impact Impeachments in Sex Offense Cases

Larry Pozner


Criminal Defense Attorney; National Cross Examination Expert

Denver, CO

Lessons From the Frontline of Environmental Activism in the Colombian Amazon

Dr. Angela Maldonado


Founder of grassroots NGO Entropika, Indigenous land rights, animal rights, and environmental activist 

Leticia, Colombia

Post-Conviction Forensics - How Bad Was it? Strategies for Winning Post-Conviction Cases from a Forensic Perspective and Lessons for Trial Attorneys the First Time Around 

Dr. Karl Reich


National Forensic Expert


Chief Scientific Officer Independent Forensics

Lombard, IL

Trying a Case in a Politically Hostile Environment

Andrea Lyon

Criminal Defense Attorney Lyon Law, National Death Penalty Expert, Author, Professor 

Chicago, IL

Love and Litigating: Practicing Self Care when Litigating Criminal and Civil Rights Cases

Cynthia Roseberry

ACLU Acting Director, Justice Division, Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, Professor 

Atlanta, Georgia

Lessons from Trying Excessive Force Police Shooting Cases 

Sarah Gelsomino

Police Misconduct Civil Rights Attorney, Criminal Defense Attorney Friedman, Gilbert + Gerhardstein

Cleveland, OH

Restorative Justice 101: How Restorative Justice Can Transform Your Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Practice


Emmanuel Andre


Criminal Defense Attorney, Restorative Justice Practitioner,

Deputy of Policy and Strategic Litigation at

Cook County Public Defender's Office

Chicago, IL

Overflow Hotels

Overflow Hotel Options


Small luxury hotel


3 min walk to conference/ 14 min drive to airport

located in historic center of City

On-site restaurant/Rooftop pool

Airport transfer for fee

Hyatt Regency

Luxury and oceanfront 


10 min drive to conference/20 min drive to airport

Ocean views

On-site restaurants

Infinity pool, lap pool, ADA

Fitness center

Hilton Cartagena

Tropical beachside hotel


13 min drive to conference/ 25 min drive to airport

Beach + Ocean views

On-site restaurant/Pool

Fitness center

Sophia Hotel

Reserve via

Business boutique vibe


3 min walk to conference/ 15 min drive to airport

located in historic center of City

On-site restaurant/Rooftop pool/Cafe/Bar

Monaguillo Boutique Hotel

Artistic atmosphere mixed with Luxury


15 min walk to conference/ 30 min drive to airport

Getsemani neighborhood

Rooftop sky bar, Pool + jacuzzi

Reading lounge, Breakfast

Casa Lola Boutique Hotel

Cozy and elegant


15 min walk to conference /30 min drive to airport

Getsemani neighborhood

Rooftop bar

Authentic Caribbean food

Travel info



Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your travel dates.

Travel Requirements

Covid Information

Proof of complete vaccination for entry or a negative COVID test (48 hours in advance of travel for an antigen test or 72 hours in advance of travel for a PCR test) currently required by Colombia. PCR and antigen tests are readily available for U.S. citizens in Colombia

Explore Cartagena 

Fall in love with the Magic of Cartagena, Colombia 

Explore the walled city - craft coffee, craft cocktails, rich food, colorful art, live music + dancing

Swim in the ocean, explore the beaches, islands, national parks, and natural wonders

Learn from a city of resistance, strength, and heart

The conference is designed to leave the afternoons and weekend free for you to enjoy Cartagena and the surrounding areas

More About Cartagena

Suggested Restaurants

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Farm to cup coffee shop with full menu


Unique gourmet dining, contemporary coastal cuisine

12-3pm 6-11pm


Sustainable dishes with local ingredients

12-3pm 6:30-10:30pm

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Cafe offering Colombian and European dishes


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French Caribbean bistro serving lunch and dinner

12-3pm 7-10:30pm

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A true mix of everything! Serving lunch, brunch, dinner


Latin cafe serving breakfast and lunch


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Colombian and Caribbean Original recipes full of flavor

12-4pm 7-9:30pm

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Colombian rooftop dining


Highly rated restaurants within a 15min walk


Highly Recommended Tour:

Tour of Palenque de San Basilio


An hour outside of Cartagena, the first ‘free town’ in the Americas. Take a tour of Palenque and learn about the history, music, dance, and culture. Travel and lunch included.

We recommend this Black owned tour company:

Experience Real Cartagena 

Statue of Benkos Biohó the man who founded Palenque in 1599. The statue’s right arm is outstretched eastward towards Africa while the left breaks free from the shackles of Slavery


Past Conferences

2019 - Honolulu, Hawai'i

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2022 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Past Conference Photos

Questions ?

Sara Garber

Cell: 773-288-9304


Tony Thedford 

Cell: 773-315-1033


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