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2007 OPAA Spring Training
April 12 & 13, 2007
Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio

This year's Spring Training Seminar will include a potpourri of subjects, but concentrating on three broad areas: trial techniques and witness evaluation; cyberstalking and domestic violence; and an introduction to the new forfeiture statutes. Something for everyone, from new assistants learning trial techniques to the jack-of-all-trades who needs to be up to speed on a broad range of subjects, including fraudulent resident cards and the new forfeiture bill.

Thursday, April 12

10:00 - 11:00 Myth Busters Meets CSI
An experienced trial lawyer will impart his experience from 20-plus years of trying all kinds of cases. Juergen will give a quick tour de force of trial techniques, discussing voir dire, direct and cross examination, argument, and will pass on tips for the new assistant on putting forward the best case and persuading the jury to your point of view.
Juergen A. Waldick
Allen County Prosecuting Attorney

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:15 Evaluating Witness Demeanor
During this presentation you will learn the verbal and nonverbal behavior symptoms that are displayed by a person who is telling the truth during a non accusatory interview, as well as those displayed by a person who is withholding relevant information. The specific behaviors discussed include attitude, posture, significant posture changes, grooming, personal and protective gestures; eye contact, and verbal responses.
Joseph Buckley, President
John E. Reid and Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 Evaluating Witness Demeanor, continued

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:30 The Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation
We will discuss the interrogation process, beginning with how to initiate the confrontation; develop the interrogational theme; stop denials; overcome objections; and, use the alternative question to stimulate the admission.
Joseph Buckley, President
John E. Reid Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

3:30 - 4:30 False Confessions Issues
In this presentation we will discuss the frequency of false confessions; the experts who testify in false confession cases and their positions; the elements which contribute to false confessions; and, the role of electronic recording to protect against false confessions.
Joseph Buckley, President
John E. Reid and Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Friday, April 13

9:00 - 10:30 Cyberstalking: Stalking and Technology
Stalkers are using much more than the internet. New communications and wireless technologies are being put to use by stalkers. This session will introduce those technologies, and using real-world examples, explain how stalkers are using them to commit their crimes.
Herb Tanner
Violence Against Women Project Training Attorney
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Prosecuting Domestic Violence in the Post-Crawford-Age
Saying that the Crawford case changed how we prosecute domestic violence is like saying Krakatoa went poof. This session will review the recent Confrontation Clause holdings, and focus on how to success- fully prosecute domestic violence cases, focusing on using the doctrine of forfeiture by wrongdoing, and innovated trial and investigative techniques.
Herb Tanner
Violence Against Women Project Training Attorney
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Detection of Fraudulent Resident Cards
An introduction to the resident alien cards currently in circulation and identifying specific security features to assist in detecting fraudulent cards.
Lani Yaksich
Senior Intelligence Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Forensic Document Lab
Detroit, Michigan

2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 4:15 Asset Forfeiture Reforms under H.B. 241
Based on proposals developed by the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, H.B. 241 (sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta) is designed to make Ohio's asset forfeiture law easier to understand, more consistent, and fairer. The bill takes effect July 1, 2007. The presentation will cover all the substantive changes made by the bill including the new Revised Code chapter governing forfeitures, changes in pre- and post-trial procedures, and the rights of the state or subdivision seeking forfeiture and of persons whose property is subject to forfeiture.
David Diroll
Executive Director
Ohio Sentencing Commission
Scott Anderson
Staff Attorney
Ohio Sentencing Commission


The room rate at the Hyatt on Capitol Square is $133.00 for single or double occupancy. To make reservations, call 614-228-1234. Tell them you are with OPAA to obtain our rate. The cut-off date for our block of rooms is March 21st.

Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

The registration fee is $200.00 for both days. This covers all handout materials, continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunches on both days. The fee for one day only is $125.00. Due to the expense of producing the training manual, a $40.00 penalty will apply to all cancellations made through April 6th, and a copy of the manual will be sent. To help defray the cost of food guarantees, cancellations after April 6th will be assessed a $100.00 penalty if scheduled to attend both days, and a $75.00 penalty if scheduled for one day only. Please send registrations to OPAA by April 4th (earlier if possible).

(If any registrant has special dietary needs, please have them contact Delores at 614-221-1266 so that advance arrangements can be made with the hotel.)

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