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2007 OPAA Summer Training
June 21-24, 2007
Breakers Hotel Cedar Point

Cut-off date for our block of guest rooms is May 20th.

It’s time to register for OPAA’s Summer Workshop. Thursday will consist of Committee Meetings in the afternoon, and a Welcoming Reception in the evening. Friday will be training in the a.m., and a Family Dinner Buffet in the evening. Saturday morning is the Family Breakfast Buffet, and a.m. training. Golf is offered on Friday afternoon. Park discount tickets will be on sale during registration hours Thursday through Saturday.

The training program will offer dual ethics & professionalism, and civil tracks on Friday morning; and dual criminal and civil tracks on Saturday morning.

The registration fee of $225.00 includes all training, handout materials, Friday’s continental breakfast, and all breaks for registrants. In addition, it includes the Thursday Welcoming Reception, Friday Family Dinner Buffet, and Saturday Family Breakfast Buffet for registrant and guests. In the event of cancellations by June 8th, there will be a $40.00 charge assessed to cover the cost of the handout materials, and those materials will be sent to the registrant. After June 8th the assessment will be $100.00, to also partially cover the cost of meals which will have been guaranteed by that date. Please return the training registration form to OPAA by June 8th – earlier if possible. If a registrant is only attending one day, the registration fee is $130.00, with an assessment of $40.00 if cancellation is made by June 8th, and $75.00 after June 8th.

Please provide each person registered with a copy of the Activities Registration Form and request that they complete and return it to OPAA no later than June 8th. Failure to submit the form could prevent participation in the activities.

Send the completed tax exemption form directly to The Breakers (NOT OPAA)! Also, because the question of who is, and who is not, exempt from sales tax has become a frequent problem at hotels, an information page from the Ohio Department of Taxation is enclosed with this agenda. Please review it. The Breakers tells us that if a county has previously filed an exemption form, they will use it the following year. You can be the judge of whether you want to chance them having their records in order, or file a new one! The Breakers’ phone number is 419-627-2106. Breakers cancellation policy: full refund for cancellations made 72 hours in advance; $50.00 penalty after 72 hours.


2:00 - 5:00 Registration and Cedar Point Ticket Sales – Breakers Lobby

TBA Committee Meetings

6:00 - 7:00 Welcoming Reception (open bar) – Coral Courtyard


8:00 - Noon Registration and Cedar Point Ticket Sales
Breakers East Conference Center

ETHICS and PROFESSIONALISM – Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

8:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Ethics and Professionalism Issues For The Prosecuting Attorney
A three part discussion including Discovery, focusing on the professional and ethical standards for providing the defense with exculpatory evidence before trial. The discussion will include an interactive talk using a hypothetical case; using criminals as witnesses, involving the ethics and professionalism of presenting a case through witnesses who are themselves criminals; the media and the problems raised in the Duke University prosecution.
Hon. John Bradley
Williamson County District Attorney
Georgetown, Texas

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 Ethics and Professionalism Issues For The Prosecuting Attorney, continued

7:00 - 9:00 Family Dinner Buffet (preceded by open bar at 6:00)
Coral Dining Room

CIVIL TRAINING – Breakers East Conference Center

8:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Sunshine Law
An overview of the Public Records Act, recent case law and legislation impacting public offices’ legal obligations to provide access to public records. Specific topics include: defining “public records,” recognizing exemption and handling complicated issues that may arise when responding to requests for public records. The session will also include an overview of House Bill 9 and House Bill 141 discussing recent developments in the public records law.
Jeff G. Clark
Assistant Ohio Attorney General

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 The Elements Of Contractual Risk Transfer – Protecting The County’s Interest
An overview of contractual risk transfer including insurance requirements needed by a vendor, what types of insurance are available, and who should indemnify whom (and for what).
Elizabeth G. Miller, J.D.
CORSA Claim and Litigation Manager

11:15 - 12:00 Ohio's "Pay-to-Play" Laws: What Every Public Official Needs to Know
House Bill 694 enacted sweeping changes to Ohio's Campaign Finance laws and placed significant new limitations on campaign contributions by public contractors. In addition to extending Ohio's "pay?to?play" laws to local elected officials, HB 694 includes provisions governing collective bargaining agreements, applies to both bid and unbid contracts, modifies contributions limits for prospective and current public contractors, and includes potential criminal penalties for violations. Attendees will learn more about this new law, how it will impact them and their clients, and the legal challenges that are currently being waged against the law.
Christopher N. Slagle
Government Relations Group
Bricker and Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

7:00 - 9:00 Family Dinner Buffet (preceded by open bar at 6:00)
Coral Dining Room


7:00 - 9:30 Family Breakfast Buffet – Coral Dining Room

8:00 - Noon Registration and Cedar Point Ticket Sales
Breakers East Conference Center

CRIMINAL TRAINING – Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

9:00 - 10:30 Internet Child Predators And The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
A general legal overview of this emerging area of crime including working with police, federal versus state laws, computers and the Constitution, search warrants, and meeting the defenses.
Brendan J. Sheehan, Assistant Prosecutor and Ohio Director
Darcy A. Moulin, Assistant Prosecutor and Statewide Coordinator
Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Senate Bill 10 - The Adam Walsh Act
On December 8, 2005, HR 4472 was introduced as the Children’s Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act. This resolution was passed on March 8, 2006. It was passed as amended by the Senate on July 20, 2006 – renamed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The House agreed to the amendment July 25 and President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Act into law on July 27, 2006 (Pub. L. 109?248). This presentation will provide an overview of the new requirements for States under the AWA, the proposed legislation in Ohio to implement the AWA and how it will effect the current and prospective offenders and juvenile delinquents who will be subject to the registration requirements.
Erin G. Rosen, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Special Prosecutions Section
Ohio Attorney General’s Office

CIVIL TRAINING – Breakers East Conference Center

9:00 - 10:30 Civil Service Reform – House Bill 187
This session will discuss the impact of House Bill 187, civil service reform legislation for county personnel. The impact of House Bill 187 will be addressed through a review of prior civil service requirements contained in Chapter 124, as well as a review of the new language and obligations set forth in House Bill 187. The session will also address additional legislative updates and judicial decisions impacting civil service law, public employment, and personnel matters impacting prosecuting attorneys and their duties as legal counsel to county agencies and departments.
Benjamin S. Albrecht, Associate
Downes, Hurst, & Fishel
Columbus, Ohio

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Civil Service Reform – House Bill 187, continued


9:30 - 11:00 General Business Meeting
Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor


GUEST ROOM RESERVATIONS. The cutoff date for our block of rooms at the Breakers is May 20th. Their phone number is 419-627-2106. Identify yourself as being with OPAA. If they are not able to accommodate you, they can direct you to the Sandcastle Suites, Castaway Bay, or Breakers Express. These are all Cedar Point properties. If the guarantee is by credit card, I believe the amount is charged to the account immediately – not when the room is used. In the event of cancellation, these hotels require that you give a 72-hour notice in order to obtain a full refund. Be sure to clarify these issues with the hotel, as OPAA cannot accept any responsibility for correct information in these areas. If you have additional questions about hotels, give Delores a call (614-221-1266) as she might be able to help. Also, if you have rooms reserved, and find that you will not be using them, please call Delores before canceling, as there is usually a waiting list.

TAX EXEMPTION FORMS. The Cedar Point hotels require that each person registered have an individual tax exemption form. And, they will accept only their form! There is a copy following the OPAA registration form. Fill out a separate exemption form for each person and forward it to the hotel (NOT OPAA). Past history strongly suggests that it is a good idea to give a copy to each person to take with them to the seminar.

INFORMATION REGARDING WHO IS, AND WHO IS NOT, TAX EXEMPT. An information sheet from the Ohio Department of Taxation follows the tax exemption form. As it has been explained to OPAA, you can only claim tax exemption if rooms are paid for with an office check or office credit card. If a personal check or credit card is used, with the expectation of later being reimbursed, tax exemption cannot be claimed.

OPAA REGISTRATION DESK. The registration desk will be open 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday (Breakers Lobby), and 8:00 a.m. to noon on both Friday and Saturday (Breakers East Conference Center).

GOLF TOURNAMENT. The OPAA Open will be held at the south course of Thunderbird Hills on Friday, June 22nd. We have seven tee times beginning at 1:03 p.m. The cost is $36.00, including cart. Payment is to be made to Thunderbird, the day of the tournament (NOT TO OPAA)! Tee times remaining after Friday, June 15th, will be released.

WELCOMING RECEPTION. A Welcoming Reception (hors d’oeuvres and open bar) for registrant and family/guests will be held in the Coral Courtyard from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st.

FAMILY DINNER BUFFET & REFRESHMENTS. A steamship round buffet (also includes chicken and ham, plus many casseroles, side dishes, and desserts) for registrants and family/guests will be served on Friday, June 22nd, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be preceded by an open bar at 6:00 p.m.

FAMILY BREAKFAST BUFFET. A breakfast buffet for registrants and family/guests will be served on Saturday, June 23rd, from 7:00 - 9:30 a.m.

CEDAR POINT TICKETS. Discounted park tickets may be purchased at the registration desk. Tickets for use on Wednesday, June 20th, and early Thursday, June 21st can be had by making prior arrangements with Delores (614-221-1266). Make your request early enough to allow ample time for mailing. See price information in the Activities Schedule. Tickets are valid Wednesday through Sunday. Sorry, but OPAA does not have access to Soak City tickets.

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