Thedford Garber Law's Second Annual 

Criminal Defense + Plaintiff's Civil Rights CLE Conference

May 14-16, 2020

Honolulu, Hawai'i

  Exceptional presentations + rest, relaxation, and fun

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

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

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




May 14-16, 2020


10 Hours of CLE Credit

Incl. 3 hours of Ethics*

Registration Fee:

$285 before Feb 15, 2020

$350 Feb 16, 2020 - 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

Explore the Hotel's website: 

Alohilani Resort Waikiki

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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

Dr. Karl Reich 

Independent Forensics

Leading National DNA expert

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

 Defending Clients Who Kill Their Abusive Partners or Spouses

Andrea Lyon

Lyon Law

Criminal Defense Attorney, Professor, and Expert on Capital Defense


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 

Explore Hawai'i

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


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

The Intersection Between Civil Rights and Wrongful Convictions

Navigating Evidentiary Landmines: Getting It In and Keeping it Out


Tony Thedford 

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense Attorney

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


Sara Garber

Thedford Garber Law

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney 

Adjunct Professor, Depaul Law 

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Brett Balmer

Cook County Public Defender

Homicide Task Force

More presentations to

be announced soon.. 

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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. 

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... 

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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.