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2018 OPAA Fall Training
September 26th & 27th, 2019
Crowne Plaza on Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio
The 2019 OPAA Fall Training will have yet another great line-up including a look at what legislation may be headed our way from Washington; what the Ohio Supreme Court has been up to over the last year; delivering a positive message in these tough times; an in-depth look at taking a case from the crime scene to the trial; pleas and sentencing; and using technology during a trial. As always, complete professional conduct hours will also be presented (although due to scheduling issues we had to move them to Thursday afternoon this year).

Thursday, September 26th

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 National District Attorneys Legislative Hot Topics Presentation
The presentation provides an updated look at the legislative priorities and advocacy goals of the Nation’s oldest and largest prosecutor association. Specifically, it will cover federal policy issues that impacts how prosecutors and law enforcement operate on a day to day basis.
Nelson O. Bunn, Jr., Executive Director
National District Attorneys Association

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Buy with Confidence! (you can trust us; we are the cool kids)
Prosecutors have always borne the burden of expectation (the burden of proof, of going forward, of production, etc.) but over the last 30 years the landscape underpinning those expectations has shifted dramatically. Society generally now has an inherent distrust in authority figures generally and prosecutors and law enforcement specifically. The principle weapon for prosecutors in nullifying this distrust is an authentic message, delivered with sincerity. This presentation borrows concepts from other professions, industries and philosophies as well as history. The goal of this presentation is to equip attendees with tools geared toward creating and delivering effective messaging.
Philip W. Morrison, II, Executive Director
West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute

11:15 - 12:15 The Ohio Supreme Court Year in Review
This presentation is an overview of the criminal cases released from September 2018 to September 2019 by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court reaffirmed that officers can search the entire passenger compartment of a car and any containers inside if they have probable cause, held that blackout is an affirmative defense that the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, and held that there is no right to bring a freestanding claim of actual innocence under Ohio’s postconviction statute.
Christopher D. Schroeder
Managing Attorney, Capital Crimes Docket
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 Professionalism and Ethics for Prosecutors, Why I Wake Up Each Morning Happy Because I Love Being A Prosecutor (Professional Conduct)
Prosecutors have difficult jobs and in this presentation we will examine our ethical duties as prosecutor as it relates to the police, victims, judges, and other entities in the criminal justice system. We will review charging decisions prosecutors must make in the grand jury and review ethical rules relating to the grand jury process. Finally, we will examine ethical rules as it related to ex parte communication, communications with parties represented by counsel, and written communications. Finally, we will discuss ethical rules and ideals as they relate to professionalism.
Philip D. Bogdanoff
Career Prosecutor

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:00 Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Issues (Professional Conduct)
Instruction on their causes, prevention, detection, and treatment alternatives.
Scott R. Mote
Executive Director
Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

Friday, September 27th

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 From the Scalpel to the Gavel
An in-depth analysis of the interplay between prosecutors and forensic pathologists. The class will cover three actual cases from crime scene to courtroom!
Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett, Coroner
Lucas County and
Juergen A. Waldick, Prosecutor
Allen County

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 From the Scalpel to the Gavel continues...

11:15 - 12:15 Pleas and Sentencings: Ohio’s newest “trials”
This program will focus on how pleas under Criminal Rule 11 and sentencings under Crim. R. 32 have become more complicated and are now like mini trials. We will discuss constitutional and non-constitutional advisements, Reagan Tokes, recent cases, and of course the current issues before the Ohio Supreme Court.
Judge Sean C. Gallagher
Eighth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 Visual Prosecution: Giving Jurors 2020 Vision
This presentation is designed to give prosecutors a fundamental knowledge of the importance and techniques necessary to conduct an effective trial in 2020 and beyond. The lecture will focus on how technology can be used to enhance the message during your trial to make sure the jurors are engaged and understanding your evidence. Through lecture, video, discussion, and scenarios the audience will be able to identify the principles of why visual prosecution is important and why it is necessary in the world we live in today.
Michael Moore, State's Attorney
Beadle County South Dakota

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:30 Visual Prosecution continues...

We have requested 10.50 TOTAL CLE HOURS, INCLUDING 2.50 HOURS OF ATTORNEY PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT INSTRUCTION from the Supreme Court of Ohio, Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza are $148.00 single or double occupancy. Reservations can be made by calling the Crowne Plaza at 216-615-7500 or central reservations at 1-888-211-9874. Be sure to tell them you are with OPAA to receive this rate. Check-in time us 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Early check-in or late check-out are on a case-by-case basis. Cancellation policy: 24 hours in advance of arrival time. Payments to Hotel: The Crowne Plaza accepts cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, and major charge and credit cards for payment. If paying by personal or company/office check, the check should be provided 14 business days prior to arrival. In the event a credit card is not approved or credit approval changes prior to the event, full prepayment of all estimated charges by a Hotel approved payment method must be received three (3) days prior to arrival. Parking: valet parking, $28.00/night; self parking, $15.00/night (1-1/2 blocks from the hotel). The registration fee for OPAA MEMBERS IS $250.00 IF ATTENDING BOTH DAYS, AND $125.00 IF ATTENDING ONE DAY ONLY. For NON MEMBERS the fee is $500.00 for both days, and $250.00 for one day. These fees cover all handout materials, continental breakfast and lunch both days, and refreshments at breaks. To help defray the cost of food guarantees, cancellations after Friday, September 20 will be assessed a penalty of $110.00 if scheduled th 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 or Diana at 614-221-1266,
so that advance arrangements can be made with the venue. OPAA will accommodate requests
as long as they can be supplied by the venue without additional cost. Any additional cost must be borne by the registrant and they will be notified in advance.

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