2017 OPAA New Prosecutor Training
January 12 and 13, 2017
Sheraton at Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio
Although this training’s topics are geared toward the newly elected prosecuting attorneys and new assistant prosecutors, all prosecutors and assistants are invited to attend. In the past many veterans have found this to be a valuable refresher course.
Thursday, January 12
9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and The Association Overview
What the association does and how we can help you.
John E. Murphy, Executive Director
Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Paul A. Dobson
Wood County Prosecuting Attorney and
2017 OPAA President
10:15 – 11:15 Public Relations – Promoting Your Office
How to promote your office in a positive way to the community, including dealing with the media and working hand in hand with
crime victims. Newsletters, education programs, calendar contests, senior safety awareness, child support awareness, and child protection awareness.
Sherri Bevan Walsh
Summit County Prosecuting Attorney
11:15 – 12:15 The Shield and The Sword of the Criminal Justice Process
An overview of the grand jury process including the definition of a grand jury, its function, judicial control of, and the prosecutor’s role when going before the grand jury. We will also discuss grand jury witnesses and their rights.
David P. Fornshell
Warren County Prosecuting Attorney
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 Furtherance of Justice Fund – An Overview for New Prosecuting Attorneys in Ohio
Auditor Yost will address the rules and regulations related to Ohio Revised Code 325.12. Entitled “Additional Allowance to Prosecuting Attorneys”, this section is commonly referred to as the Prosecutor’s Furtherance of Justice (“FOJ”) Fund. This presentation will discuss the specific amount a prosecutor is entitled to by statute, and how certain circumstances allow the prosecuting attorney to obtain a limited additional amount for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting crimes. Auditor Yost will further examine the amount of discretion a prosecutor has in spending the funds and will analyze current Ohio law and use examples to illustrate allowable vs. problematic expenses. Participants will learn about how to handle FOJ funds and the audit process used by the Auditor of State’s Office. Time permitting; Auditor Yost will briefly delve into the Auditor of State’s audit program concerning Drug Fine Moneys.
Auditor of State
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 4:00 Keys to Being a Successful Prosecutor
In order to be a successful prosecutor you must have the cooperation and respect of the law enforcement personnel in your county. This seminar will examine how to keep the peace with your law enforcement officers and different ways to assist your law enforcement agencies. Further, we will discuss how to handle problems that may arise between the prosecutor and the police. We will also review the importance of training the assistant prosecutors that represent you in the courtroom and in the community. Finally, we will review the importance of professionalism in the prosecutor’s office.
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
4:00 – 5:30 Reception
Hosted by Matrix Pointe Software
Friday, January 13
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Where The Rubber Hits The Road!
The discussion will review the unique ethical duties of the prosecutor and the various roles of the prosecutor including the prosecutor’s leadership position in the criminal justice system and his/her working relationships with the judiciary, defense bar and law enforcement.
We will also discuss the prosecutor’s discretion in making charging decisions, objectively evaluating cases, and recommending appropriate sentences.
Daniel R. Lutz
Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Getting And Keeping The Best
The goal of this presentation is to provide practical suggestions on how to hire, retain and motivate quality attorneys and create a culture that promotes maximum job satisfaction so that the attorneys you hire choose to stay with your office.
Julia R. Bates
Lucas County Prosecuting Attorney
11:15 – 12:15 Representing Your County Elected Officials
A summary of recurring problems and legal matters faced when representing county officials, with the emphasis on practical ways of handling issues. Topics which will generally be covered include conflicts of interest, conduct of meetings, sunshine law requirements, contracting and bidding procedures and other controversial areas. We will also take a look at other civil matters that may come in to play in your county.
Paul A. Dobson
Wood County Prosecuting Attorney
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 Public Relations – Answering the Media
This session will explore the interaction with the media and how to develop good “media relations”. We’ll also go in-depth regarding rule 3.6 (trial publicity).
Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
2:00 – 2:45 From the Engine-room to the Helm: The Transition From Assistant Prosecutor to Elected Official
This class will cover the legal, ethical and practical aspects of the transition from “assistant prosecutor” to “elected official”. Discussion will cover the interplay between your newly bestowed authority and the great responsibility you now bear. Some of the areas covered will deal with effective media relations, employee relations, and day to day aspects of being in charge.
Juergen A. Waldick
Allen County Prosecuting Attorney
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Ohio Public Records Law Update
Ohio’s Public Records Laws are enacted to make government more transparent. In the age of the twenty-four hour news cycle, county agencies are facing more requests from the public for information. As the methods of communicating with one another and the storage of records continue to evolve, it is imperative that each office understand its obligations and responsibilities in responding to a request for public records. Similarly, each office must be aware that the shredder, delete button or use of a personal email may not be an appropriate method of circumventing Ohio’s Public Records Laws. Attendees at this training will receive a review of the obligations of a public agency required by Ohio’s Public Records Laws, gain tips for managing public records and engage in discussions regarding responding to the overly zealous requester of records in every community.
Benjamin S. Albrecht, Partner
Fishel, Hass, Kim, Albrecht, Downey LLP
OPAA has applied for 10.00 hours of CLE credits.
Room rates at the Sheraton are $142.00 single or double occupancy. Room reservations can be made by calling the Sheraton at 800-325-3535, or online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OPAA2017NewProsecutorTraining. Be sure to tell them you are with OPAA to get this rate. Our hold on the block of rooms set aside at this rate expires on Friday, December 9th. Our contract with the hotel specifies that all attendees at this meeting will pay the negotiated room rate. It violates the spirit of our agreement for attendees at this meeting to reserve a room at a lower government rate! Sheraton’s cancellation policy: cancellations must be made prior to 3:00 p.m. on the date of arrival. Anyone failing to thus cancel will be charged for one night’s room rate and tax as a no-show penalty. The Sheraton’s check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Early check-in, or late check-out, is based on availability.
The registration fee for the training is $250.00 per person if attending both days, and $125.00 if attending one day only. The fee for non-OPAA members is $500.00 for two days, and $250.00 for one day. This fee covers all handout materials, continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunches on both days, and the Thursday evening reception. Cancellations after January 6th (except for emergencies) will be assessed a fee of $150.00 if scheduled to attend both days, and $75.00 if scheduled to attend one day only. This fee is necessary to help defray the cost of food guarantees which must be made by that time. Please complete the attached registration form and return it to OPAA, by mail or fax, by December 30th. When registering, be sure to include all attorneys’ email addresses, as that will be used to electronically send the handout materials.
If any person registering has special dietary needs,
it is important that they contact Delores at 614-221-1266,
so that advance arrangements can be made with the hotel.