Faculty: Tel Cary-Sadler

Tel Cary-Sadler
Adjunct Professor of Law
San Francisco

Tel Cary-Sadler, Esq. is an award-winning criminal defense attorney, with more than 10 years of experience representing clients accused of crimes throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Cary-Sadler speaks regularly on issues related to criminal law and procedure, the prison industrial complex, and mass incarceration, and he's currently working on an article discussing the economic impact of mass incarceration on poor communities of color.

Mr. Cary-Sadler began his career as a deputy public defender in Richmond, California, representing hundreds of clients throughout the jurisdiction, and litigating numerous jury trials to verdict. He's currently the principal and managing attorney at The Sadler Law Firm in downtown Oakland, where he defends clients accused of misdemeanors, felonies and probation violations all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and serves as a court appointed attorney in Alameda County.

Mr. Cary-Sadler has been profiled in the New York Times and Village Voice for his actions in promoting racial justice, educational integrity ,and critical thinking. He graduated from Harvard Law School, earning top honors in the Ames Moot Court Competition for his argument against illegal police searches, and attended college at U.C. Berkeley, where he served in the ASUC Senate and won three national championships with the Cal rugby team.

In the fall of 2015, he became an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University Law School, where he teaches "Ethics in Criminal Justice."