Thedford Garber Law's Second Annual 

Criminal Defense + Plaintiff's Civil Rights CLE Conference

May 14-16, 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii

  Exceptional presentations + rest, relaxation, and fun

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

Space is limited. Sell-out expected. Register now to secure a spot!




May 14-16, 2020


10 Hours of CLE Credit

Incl. 3 hours of Ethics*

Registration Fee:

$285 before Dec 1, 2019

$350 Dec 2, 2019 - May 1, 2020

$375 after May 1, 2020 / at door

$45 law student rate 


Space is limited by venue. Sell-out expected. 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

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.

Explore the Hotel's website: 

Alohilani Resort Waikiki

2020 Presenter Line up to be announced soon... 

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

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Reserve your room now with a Discounted link

Please contact Sara Garber at if you are interested in presenting or have suggestions


Thurs May 14 - 5-7pm Welcome event

* appetizers + 2 free drinks by pool 

Fri May 15 - 8:00am-1:30pm Lectures

* breakfast included

Sat May 16 - 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



Last Year's Presenters:

Explore Hawaii

The conference is designed to leave afternoons free for you to enjoy Hawaii - 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:


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

From Serious Felony Charges to Misdemeanors or Dismissal: Mitigation as a Tool to Win Criminal Cases


Sara Garber

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney 

Adjunct Professor, Depaul Law 

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Susan Ritacca

Ritacca Law Office

Criminal Defense Attorney 

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern

* 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

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From NATO to Standing Rock: Representing Political Activists in Criminal + Civil Rights Cases 


Melinda Power 

West Town Law 

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney 

Telling Your Story Through Cross Examination in Criminal Cases

Questions ?

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


Sara Garber

Thedford Garber Law 

Cell: 773-288-9304



* 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. 

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


Tony Thedford 

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense Attorney

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Preparing Your Police Misconduct, Civil Rights Case For Trial From Day 1:  Success Starts at Intake

Amanda Yarusso

 Civil Rights Attorney 

Adjunct Professor of Civil Rights Depaul Law 

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... 

Bringing it Home: Winning Your Criminal Case in Closing Argument


Anthony R. Burch

Burch and Associates

Criminal Defense Attorney 


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Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions


Gina L. Reynolds

Hernandez & Reynolds

Immigration Attorney 


Competing Interests? - Legal and Ethical Issues when Criminal and Civil Rights Cases intersect


April Preyar

Shiller Preyar 

Criminal Defense Attorney 

Brendan Shiller

Shiller Preyar 

Criminal Defense + Civil Rigths Attorney 

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. 

Considering Collateral Consequences: Advising Beyond the Sentence  

Courtney Kelledes

Growing Home Inc.

Records/Collateral Consequences Attorney 


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