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2009 OPAA Fall Training
September 24 & 25, 2009
Wyndham on Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio

This year's fall training will cover a variety of topics including trial tactics, jury selection, how to present your case in court, forensic autopsy and what to ask an expert coroner, closing arguments and habeas corpus. We will also offer complete Ethics, Professionalism, and Substance Abuse CLE requirements.

Thursday, September 24

9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 Trial Tactics
This discussion will present suggested approaches to jury trials from the perspective of a criminal defense attorney and an assistant prosecutor. These suggestions should assist attorneys in improving their skills while trying cases. The speakers will also address approaches to pretrial matters that should benefit trial attorneys. Since the speakers rarely agree, you will have the opportunity to listen to different ideas and glean some explanation for the tactics that are pursued by prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Gregg Marx, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Fairfield County
James M. Linehan, Managing Principle/Owner
Linehan and Associates, L.P.A.
Lancaster, Ohio

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 "You Can't Always Get What You Want..." Jury Selection In Non-Capital Cases - How To "Get What You Need"
The goal of this presentation is improving your odds of getting the jurors you need to achieve the verdict you want. Some topics that will be covered include pretrial preparation, prosecutor jury/juror dynamics, immutable "truths", and what jurors must understand after voir dire.
David L. Spence, Assistant District Attorney
District 3-B
Beaufort, North Carolina

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:30 Your Message May Be Terrific, But Does The Jury "Get It"?
In "Trial Tactics" you learned what to present - the content of your message. This presentation is intended to suggest ways to best convey that message to today's jurors by incorporating important "adult learning principles."
David L. Spence, Assistant District Attorney
District 3-B
Beaufort, North Carolina

3:30 - 4:30 Forensic Autopsy - Its Role In Administration Of Justice
The forensic autopsy differs from a hospital autopsy in many respects. Extremely valuable information can be obtained from this type of postmortem examination conducted on the body. The objective scientific information that is gathered as a result of this procedure, when reduced to writing, becomes a public record that is available to be shared with attorneys, law enforcement personnel, physicians, family members, and others.
Dr. Elizabeth K. Balraj, M.D.
Forensic Pathologist and Deputy Coroner
Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office

Friday, September 25

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Jack McCoy, Grace Van Owen, and Dan Fielding - Government Lawyers and Professionalism This session will focus on the unique challenges to and opportunities in professionalism for government lawyers, using portrayals of government lawyers in TV shows and movies to highlight points. Participants will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and offer examples (from media or real life).
Jennifer A. Hardin, Chief Advisory Attorney
Ohio Ethics Commission

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Ethics for Ohio Prosecutors: Trends and Updates
This Ohio Ethics Law session provides timely information regarding the Ohio Ethics Commission and the misdemeanor and felony restrictions in the Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes that pertain to all public sector employees and private sector parties who are regulated or do business with public offices. An overview of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct will also be presented.
Ruth Bope Dangel, Staff Counsel
Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline
Supreme Court of Ohio and
Paul Nick, Chief Investigative Attorney
Ohio Ethics Commission

11:15 - 11:45 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues
Recognizing addictions and treatment alternatives will be discussed along with mental health issues, the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, and other ways of receiving help.
Paul A. Caimi, J.D., LCDC-III
Attorney and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 Closing Arguments
What you can say and what you can't say in closing, and how to lay the foundation for effective argument.
James Lowe, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Franklin County 1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 3:30 What Every Prosecutor Needs To Know About Habeas - How To Make Sure The Defendant Doesn't Go Free After You Win The Case!
An overview of the habeas corpus process including parole and post release issues, the federal Habeas Corpus Reform Act, procedurally defaulted claims, defending against habeas corpus petitions, how to prevent habeas relief from being granted later, and what happens when a writ is granted.
James W. Slagle, Chief - Criminal Justice Section
Scott Criss, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Elizabeth A. Matune, Assistant Attorney General - Habeas Unit
Lad Snyder, Assistant Attorney General - Capital Crimes Unit
All with the Ohio Attorney General's Office

OPAA HAS REQUESTED SUPREME COURT APPROVAL FOR 10.25 HOURS OF CLE TRAINING - Ethics, 1 hour; Professionalism, 1 hour; Substance Abuse, .5 hour; General Topics, 7.75 hours.

Guest rooms at the Wyndham are $135.00 single or double occupancy. Call the Wyndham at 216-615-7500 or 800-996-3426 to make reservations. Be sure to tell them you are with OPAA to receive this rate. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Early check-in or late check-out on a case-by-case basis. Cancellation policy: 4:00 p.m. day of scheduled arrival. Our hold on rooms expires on Wednesday, September 9th. Parking: self parking, $14.00/night; valet parking, $20.00/night.

The registration fee of $200.00 covers all handout materials, continental breakfast, and lunch both days, and refreshments at breaks. The fee for one day only is $125.00. Due to the expense of producing the training manual, which requires an early commitment, a $45.00 penalty will apply to all cancellations made through September 18th, and a manual will be sent to the registrant. To help defray the cost of food guarantees, cancellations after September 18th will be assessed a penalty of $110.00 if scheduled to attend both days, and an $85.00 penalty if scheduled for one day only.

NOTE: If any registrant has special dietary needs, contact Delores at 614-221-1266, so that advance arrangements can be made.

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