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Sunny Climate 2023

November 9-13, 2023 • CLE 11/11

Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Maui, Hawaii

Sunny Climate 2023

November 9-13, 2023 • CLE 11/11

Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Maui, Hawaii
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa – Maui

November 9–13, 2023

OCDLA is donating $1000 to Maui organizations for wildfire relief, and our travel partner Tom Cronkrite is matching that donation. Please read our August 29, 2023, statement about traveling to Maui under the Program tab at left.  

Main Travel Dates: November 9–13
Welcome Reception: Friday, November 10
CLE: Saturday, November 11


The program is under development, please check back.
Earlybird Registration is open! To register, click the Register button at left. Save $25 when you register by October 4.

Who may attend the Sunny Climate CLE? Defense lawyers, investigators, and those professionals and law students directly involved in the defense function.
CLE Registration Fee
Earlybird rate: $450 ($475 after Oct. 4)
 Seminar registration includes:
• Seminar admission & CLE credit 
• Written material emailed in advance 
• Lunch, refreshments, & welcome reception Nov. 10 (guests additional)

A minimum of one CLE registration is required for up to two package bookings per CLE registrant. See Venue for more information about the amazing travel package!


Seminar cancellation
Seminar cancellations made by October 31 will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made after November 1 — after material download link has been emailed — will receive a refund less a $150 cancellation/written material fee. No-shows will be sent a link to the recordings upon request.


OCDLA Sunny Climate Seminar
CLE • November 11, 2023


Moderated by Laura Fine, Eugene, OR

9:00 What ChatGPT Won’t Tell You: A.I. in Criminal Defense
Ricardo Garcia, Los Angeles County Public Defender, Los Angeles

10:00 Break

10:15 No Juror Left Behind: Assembling the Engine of a Verdict
Joshua Karton, Legal Consultant, Santa Monica, CA

12:45 Lunch

2:00 Pretrial Investigation
Carmen Roe, Houston TX

3:00 Break

3:15  How to Do Great Direct Exam
Lisa Ludwig, Portland OR

4:15 Adjourn

Dear Members,

We, like you, share the heartbreak of the wildfires that devastated Lahaina. We know initially people were told to stay away. That message has now changed; in the spirit of aloha we are invited to come to Maui as respectful guests to visit and provide hope for the local economy. We want to provide you an opportunity to help Maui through your presence at the Sunny Climate Conference — whether that is spending money at local businesses or volunteering to assist at a local nonprofit — or something else.

In a zoom meeting last week with the Hyatt Regency in Maui (about our Sunny Climate Conference scheduled for November 9–13, with the CLE scheduled on November 11) the hotel asked us to come.

The Hyatt Regency Resort is physically untouched; it did not sustain any damage from the fire in Lahaina. The water for the resort comes from a reservoir separate from Lahaina. The resort is currently hosting members of the community, FEMA personnel and others involved in the aftermath of the terrible fire. The Hyatt is scheduled to reopen to transient guests on September 17, 2023 and to groups and events on October 15, 2023; there are several groups scheduled for events at the Hyatt ahead of us.

We understand approximately 46 employees of the resort lost their homes. Two lost their lives. Our contact impressed upon us that people who lost their homes need their jobs; coming will help the Maui economy which is so dependent on tourism. She told us there is an effort underway to move small shops that had been in Lahaina to Kanapali — at least temporarily — so family businesses can open and hopefully, survive.

OCDLA plans to go forward with the Sunny Climate Conference in Maui this November. We hope you will join us. We will be providing you with updated information and developments about what is open (e.g. restaurants, businesses), about volunteer opportunities and about items you can take with you to donate in Maui. We will also provide you updates about how to travel to Maui this year as a tourist “with intention”.

Hawaii Community Foundation — Maui Strong Fund (here)
Maui Red Cross (here)
Maui Humane Society (here)
The OCDLA Board has authorized a donation of $1000 divided among the three organizations above, and this donation is being matched by our travel agent, Tom Cronkrite.

Crazy Shirts has created a special shirt for Maui (here)






Travel & Lodging Package
November 9 to 13, 2023
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, HI

Package Price
$1,299 ppdo roundtrip from Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Other departure cities available, see below.

Package Includes
• Roundtrip air travel from Portland, Seattle, LA, San Francisco
• Four nights in a Resort View room (with high speed internet wifi), Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, HI (upgrades to ocean view or ocean front rooms available)
$500 deposit per person required to reserve travel package. Airfare subject to change until paid in full. Full travel payment due by August 31, 2023.
To Reserve a Spot
Contact Tom Cronkrite at TravelPro, direct: 503-720-9081 (text capable), 1-866-611

• Add extra days to the package for even more savings.
• The hotel & travel package is open to all family and friends of CLE attendees.
A minimum of one CLE registration is required for up to two package bookings per CLE registrant.
Travel Cancellation/Fee
The airline portion of the travel package is nonrefundable. In addition, any cancellation after September 1, 2023, will be assessed a $250.00 cancellation fee in addition to non-refundable airline costs. Airfare subject to change until travel paid in full.
Included Resort Services - The daily resort fee has been waived for OCDLA guests.
• 24-hour access to oceanfront Stay Fit Gym
• Complimentary cultural programs including lei making and hula lessons
• Wildlife tours, penguin and koi feedings
• In-room coffee and tea
• Complimentary yoga/fitness classes daily
• Resort shuttle service in Ka’anapali
• One hour daily tennis or basketball court time; tennis balls, racquets, and basketballs included
• Lei greeting upon arrival
• 10% off Macy’s at Hyatt Regency Maui resort (exclusions may apply)
• 25% discount on Greens Fees at Ka’anapali Golf Courses (Royal and Kai Courses)
• Complimentary beach portrait session and 5x7 print from Grins2Go at Hyatt Regency Maui
• Personalized guest request texting service
• PressReader
• Complimentary local phone calls
• Filtered water and ice machines on every guestroom floor and throughout the resort
• Two reusable keepsake water bottles, per room, per stay, upon arrival

Departure cities & prices (All prices are based on Double Occupancy)
Albuquerque $1,399.00
Atlanta $1,599.00
Boise $1,399.00
Chicago $1,599.00

Denver $1,399.00
Eugene $1,399.00
Houston $1,599.00

Las Vegas $1,399.00
Los Angeles $1,299.00
Medford $1,399.00
New York-Newark $1,599.00
Oakland $1,299.00
Portland $1,299
Phoenix $1,399.00
Redmond $1,399.00
Sacramento $1,399.00
Salt Lake City $1,399.00
San Diego $1,299.00
San Francisco $1,299.00
San Jose $1,299.00
Seattle $1,299.00
Spokane $1,399.00
Tucson $1,449.00
Washington DC-DCA $1,599.00



If you are attempting to register, please call the OCDLA office at 541-686-8716.