Thedford Garber Law's Second Annual 

Criminal Defense + Plaintiff's Civil Rights CLE Conference

Honolulu, Hawai'i

  Exceptional presentations + rest, relaxation, and fun

COVID-19 Update

We have postponed the conference due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to rescheduling when it is safe to do so, hopefully Spring 2021. Stay tuned for updates. We look forward to seeing you in Hawai'i one of these days soon. 

10 Hrs CLE Credit, Incl. 3 Hrs of Ethics* 

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



10 Hours of CLE Credit

Incl. 3 hours of Ethics*

Registration Fee:

$285 attorneys 

$35 law students (limited quantity)


Space is limited by venue. Register now!

The conference hotel is the Alohilani Resort located steps from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, which is on the beautiful Island of Oahu.

Hotel Website

Explore the Hotel's website: 

Alohilani Resort Waikiki

Discount Hotel Link

Reserve your room now with a Discounted link

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 2 free drinks at the welcome event, which will take place Thursday evening at the Alohilani poolside lounge


Thurs 5-7pm Welcome event

* appetizers + 2 free drinks by pool 

Fri 8:00am-1:30pm Lectures

* breakfast included

Sat 8:00am-1:30pm Lectures

* breakfast included 

A credit card is required to reserve the room but you are not charged until arrival. Rooms are first come, first served and can be cancelled or changed up to a week before arrival with no fee - so book now to secure your room

Explore Hawai'i

The conference is designed to leave afternoons free for you to enjoy Hawai'i - the hotel can help you organize any excursions to go snorkeling, whale watching, or exploring nearby volcanos, falls, and other natural attractions - or you can grab a rental car and drive along the coast. 

Here are some of our favorite Ohau Suggestions:

* Whale / Dolphin Boat Ride in Waikiki

* Hike to Diamond Head

* Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

* Surfing, snorkeling, exploring the beaches, waterfalls, and towns of the beautiful North Shore


The hotel has ocean view rooms and a salt water infinity pool with food and drinks by day and poolside bar w/ live music + fire pits nightly

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The hotel houses two critically acclaimed restaurants including Morimoto Asia by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto

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Whale Research

You will also find a two story oceanarium in the lobby with daily fish feedings as well as a fitness center and spa – w/ tennis courts, batting cages, indoor/outdoor workout equipment + yoga studio. And more... 

Tropical Island View
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Questions ?

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


Sara Garber

Thedford Garber Law 

Cell: 773-288-9304



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. 


We are excited to curate another year of excellent and informative presentations at a reasonable cost 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

Seattle / Chicago

Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago

The Intersection Between Civil Rights and Wrongful Convictions

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Navigating Evidentiary Landmines: Getting It In and Keeping it Out


Tony Thedford 

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense Attorney

Adjunct Professor, DePaul University College of Law

Creative and Compelling Bond Court Arguments in the Context of Nationwide Bond Reform Efforts

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Sara Garber

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney 

Adjunct Professor, DePaul University College of Law 

Brett Balmer

Cook County Public Defender

Homicide Task Force

The 8th Amendment in 21st Century Prison Litigation


Dr. Pablo Stewart 

Clinical / Forensic Psychiatrist with a focus on mental health in prison,

Court-ordered monitor in  prison mental health reform litigation  ​

Professor, University of Hawai'i and University of California 

Litigating Under Occupation (A Panel): Lessons from the Mauna Kea Cases, the Hawaiian Movement, and Other Local Civil Rights Battles

Dexter Ke`eaumoku Ka`iama - civil rights attorney specializing in fighting the illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Stephen Laudig -  civil rights and movement attorney representing Hawaiian activists

Dr. Keanu Sai - Political Scientist Specializing in Hawaiian and International Relations, founding member of the Hawaiian Society of Law & Politics, lead Agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration 


* Illinois CLE credit for 10 hours, including 3 hours of 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. 

** Postponed from original dates of May 2020 due to global health crisis