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2009 OPAA New Prosecutor Training
January 8 and 9, 2009
Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio

Although this training is designed for newly elected prosecuting attorneys and new assistant prosecutors, "old" prosecutors and assistants are also invited to attend. In the past many veterans have found this to be a valuable refresher course.

Thursday, January 8

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 and
Nick A. Selvaggio
Champaign County Prosecuting Attorney and OPAA President

10:15 - 11:15 The Key To Your Success -- Your Employees!
How to recruit, retain, supervise, and motivate a quality staff!
Jim Slagle, Prosecuting Attorney
Marion County, Ohio

11:15 - 12:15 Where The Rubber Hits The Road!
Charging policies and plea negotiations. Working with law enforcement, defense counsel, and judges.
Jim Slagle, Prosecuting Attorney
Marion County, Ohio

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 Public Records and Open Meetings
An overview of the public records and open meetings laws.
Robin L. McGuire Rose, Director
Open Government Unit
Ohio Auditor of State's Office

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 4:00 5 Key Steps to Effective Prosecution
An overview of prosecuting the chronic DUI offender; criminal law updates; and keeping the peace with your law enforcement agencies. The importance of training your assistant prosecutors; and appellate remedies for prosecutors.
Phillip Bogdenoff
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecutor

4:00 - 5:30 Reception and Social Hour

Friday, January 9

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 The Shield and The Sword of the Criminal Justice Process
An overview of the Grand Jury process.
Dennis Watkins, Prosecuting Attorney
Trumbull County

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 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, Prosecuting Attorney
Allen County, Ohio

11:15 - 12:15 Public Relations
How to promote your office in a positive way to the community, dealing with the media and/or handling crime victims. Newsletters, education programs in the schools, calendar contests, senior safety awareness month, child support awareness, community prosecution, gun violence programs, and child protection awareness.
Sherri Bevan Walsh, Prosecuting Attorney
Summit County, Ohio

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 -2:00 Public Relations Part 2 . . . The Media.
Responding to the media, and how to develop good media relations.
Ron O'Brien, Prosecuting Attorney
Franklin County, Ohio

2:00 - 2:45 FOJ Standards
An overview of the Furtherance of Justice Fund guidelines.
David Landefeld, Prosecuting Attorney
Fairfield County, Ohio

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:00 Representing County Commissioners and Township Trustees
A summary of recurring problems and legal matters faced when representing a County Board of Commissioners and Boards of Trustees, 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.
Jerry Innes, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Lorain County, Ohio

OPAA has applied for 10.00 hours of CLE credits.

Room rates at the Hyatt are $137.00 single or double occupancy. Room reservations can be made by calling the Hyatt at 800-233-1234. 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 Monday, December 15th. Hyatt cancellation policy: cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of 3:00 p.m. of 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 Hyatt 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 $200.00 per person. If attending one day only, the fee is $125.00. Cancellations through January 2nd will be assessed a fee of $45.00 to cover the cost of handout materials which will have been produced by that time. This material will be sent to the registrant. Cancellations after January 2nd (except for emergencies) will be assessed a fee of $110.00. This fee also covers the cost of meals which will have been guaranteed at that time. Cancellations for one day registrants will be assessed fees of $45.00 and $85.00. Please complete the attached registration form and return it to OPAA, by mail or fax, by December 31st.

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.



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