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2008 OPAA Summer Workshop
June 19 - 22, 2008
Hotel Breakers, Cedar Point, Ohio

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. Cedar Point and Soak City discount tickets will be on sale during registration hours Thursday through Saturday.

The training program will offer criminal and civil tracks on Friday and Saturday mornings.

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 6th, 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 6th 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 6th B 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 6th, and $75.00 after June 6th.


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

TBA Committee Meetings

6:00 - 7:30 Welcoming Reception (open bar) - Coral Courtyard


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

CRIMINAL TRAINING - Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 Concession Based Cross Examination and Expert Witness Testimony
A methodology for conducting persuasive cross examinations. It explores: how to identify the content for cross; how to construct cross (e.g., transitions, sequencing); how to control evasive defense witnesses, and how to project the character and manner of a consummate cross examiner. The presentation also covers the law relating to expert testimony and how to select, prepare and effectively present your expert witness. Finally, this presentation demonstrates how concession based cross can be successfully applied to your adversary's experts. With this approach, your cross examinations will be persuasive.
Ronald H. Clark
Former Chief Deputy, Criminal Division
King County (Seattle, Washington) Prosecutor's Office

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Persuasion: Making and Meeting Trial Objections
Mr. Clark explores objections in the context of trial persuasion, rather than policing Evidence Rules violations. This presentation covers: the legal and other grounds for objections; judgment factors for deciding whether to object; how to make timely objections to prevent the introduction of inadmissible information, and trial strategies for making and meeting objections and for combating defense unscrupulous tricks.
Ronald H. Clark
Former Chief Deputy, Criminal Division
King County (Seattle, Washington) Prosecutor's Office

6:00 - 9:00 Family Dinner Buffet
Open bar at 6:00; dinner at 7:00. Coral Dining Room


CIVIL TRAINING - Breakers East Conference Center

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 Environmental Legal Issues As It Affects The County Prosecutor's Office
Mr. Reed and Mr. Collier will cover real estate development issues currently affecting counties and townships; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement on water and sewer bans and wastewater issues; and environmental permit issues.
Frank J. Reed, Jr., Of Counsel
Orla E. Collier, III,Chair (Columbus Office)
Litigation Practice Group
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Arnoff, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Freedom Of Speech And Political Activity
Can you discipline an employee for speaking his mind or for supporting the "wrong" political candidate? Although a public employee cannot be fired simply for exercising his right to free speech, a governmental employer has a clear need to maintain a unified and loyal workforce. The conflict between these two principles is never more apparent than when an employee chooses to support a political candidate who is running for office against his current employer. Ms. Hass will discuss when speech is protected by the First Amendment versus when speech is of a purely private concern. Ms. Hass will also address Ohio's limitations on partisan political activity as well as the less known Federal Hatch Act.
Cheri B. Hass, Partner
Downes, Hurst & Fishel, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

6:00 - 9:00 Family Dinner Buffet
Open bar at 6:00; dinner at 7:00. 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 - 10:00 A Prosecutor's Guide To Strange And Unusual Trial Issues
The trial has been set for months and you have read your police reports, discovery has been completed and your witnesses have been located and subpoenaed. What could go wrong? This seminar will present a guide to the unexpected and unanticipated events that can occur at trial. What is the proper procedure if the defendant waives a jury on the day of trial and wants to fire his attorneys or decides on self representation? What is a prosecutor's response if the defendant starts yelling at the jury or insulting the judge? How does a prosecutor respond to a sleeping juror or a juror who decides to do their own legal research? Can a defense attorney attempt to call the prosecutor as a witness? How long does a jury need to deliberate before the judge can declare a mistrial? Each of these issues presents unique problems that must be anticipated by the prosecutor. We will discuss these issues and formulate a response by the State that will insure that a conviction will be affirmed by the appellate courts.
Phillip Bogdanoff
Summit County Assistant Prosecutor

10:00 - 10:45 Realities Of Electronic Recording Of Interrogations
A discussion of the history of the trend to require recording of defendant statements, the advantage of recording statements to preserve testimony and also protect law enforcement officers. Other aspects to be discussed include the recording process, equipment, and officer training.
Stephen A. Schumaker
Clark County Prosecutor

10:45 - 11:00 Break

JOINT SESSION - Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

11:00 - 12:00 Prosecutorial Immunity in Civil Litigation
A review of the cases on prosecutor immunity, including qualified and absolute immunity, immunity as an investigator, and recent cases concerning claims that supervising attorneys should not be immune from liability for failures of their subordinates.
Ronald J. O'Brien
Franklin Count Prosecutor


CIVIL TRAINING - Breakers East Conference Center

9:00 - 9:30 Ordering Sewer Taps Under Ohio Law
This presentation will deal with the issue of requiring landowners to abandon their private sewage treatment systems and to tap into accessible public sewers as they become available under Ohio law. Topics of discussion will include legal authority for requiring sewer taps, political authorities authorized to require sewer taps, and enforcement procedures for securing the tap by the affected landowner. Special attention will be paid to enforcement by Boards of Health, from the issuance of Public Health Orders requiring taps through variance proceedings, administrative appeals and, ultimately, injunctive enforcement in the common pleas courts.
Lance Keiffer, Assistant Prosecutor
Lucas County

9:30 - 10:00 Representing The Board Of Health In State Smoking Ban Issues
This presentation will cover Ohio's Smokefree Workplace Law, its enforcement by local boards of health and administrative procedures throughout the enforcement process. Back dropped against Lucas County's 8 year effort to insure clean air in all indoor public places discussion will include Lucas County's experience concerning this new, developing area of law.
Andrew Ranazzi, Assistant Prosecutor
Karlene Henderson, Assistant Prosecutor
Lucas County

10:00 - 10:45 Foreclosures - A Taxing Subject
This CLE will discuss the nuts and bolts of the Tax Foreclosure. Topics will include both the Judicial Foreclosure Process as well as the Board of Revision Process created under HB 294. Additionally, creative solutions to foreclosure will be discussed.
Colleen Majeski, Assistant Prosecutor
Cuyahoga County

10:45 - 11:00 Break - Participants to move to the Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor, for next presentation. (see criminal track)


9:30 - 11:00 General Business Meeting - Breakers East Conference Center


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