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2006 OPAA Annual Meeting
November 30 - December 2, 2006
Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio

This year's Annual Meeting will feature dual civil and criminal tracks on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon. Ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism sessions are scheduled for Friday morning.

We are again taking the Thursday evening Reception and Awards Banquet on the road. This year we are going to the Ohio Historical Society. There should be something to pique everyone's interest, as the museum offers an extremely diverse range of exhibits from Ohio's history. They are featuring "Picturing What Matters", which is described as a collection of Eastman House images that affirm the beliefs and ideals held by a people and a nation. It also features life-size photographs of the Armory Wall following the Twin Towers attack. Charter buses will provide our transportation.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

Criminal Track 9:00 - 10:30 Constitutional Law Update
A review of recent U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning constitutional law involving criminal cases. We will concentrate on decisions in the last term, with emphasis on cases discussing the application of Crawford v. Washington in various situations. Also prognostications for the future.
Richard M. Wintory
Deputy County Attorney
Tucson, Arizona

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Constitutional Law Update, continued

12:00 - 1:30 Awards Luncheon

Civil Track

9:00 -10:30 Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment under Title VII and the ADA
This presentation will provide an update on discrimination and harassment laws to include new trends in the area as well as an emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Topics will include conducting an appropriate investigatory and disciplinary process, remedies available to employees, and a tour through the prima facie case of discrimination under the ADA. Additionally, attention will be directed to the interaction between the ADA, FMLA, light duty assignments and workers' compensation.
Cheri B. Hass, Partner
Downes, Hurst, Fishel

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:15 Discrimination and Harassment Issues, continued

11:15 - 12:00 Public Contracting and Terrorism
How to implement the new Declaration of Material Assistance (DMA) forms in your public contract. Also a discussion of legal challenges to this new requirement.
E. Rod Davisson
Bricker and Eckler, Columbus

12:00 - 1:30 Awards Luncheon

Combined Track

1:30 - 2:15 Three Under-used Tools in the Discovery Process
A discussion of Criminal Rule 12 (C) Evidentiary Motions; Criminal Rule 16 (B) (I) (e) motions to perpetuate testimony; and depositions of witnesses pursuant to sections 2945.50 to 2945.53.
Judge Phil W. Campbell
Van Wert Municipal Court

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:30 New Rules of Professional Conduct
An overview of the recent amendments to the Rules Of Professional Conduct, with special attention to the rules and comments concerning prosecutors.
Jonathan Coughlan, Disciplinary Counsel
The Supreme Court of Ohio, Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Steven L. Taylor
Chief Counsel, Appeals Division
Franklin County

3:30 - 5:00 OPERS - The Benefits of Membership
This presentation will provide an overview of the benefits provided by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System including age & service retirement, survivor benefits, disability benefits, healthcare benefits at retirement, social security windfall & government pension offset provisions, and service credit.
Allen E. Foster, Jr.
Field Representative
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System


8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

Combined Track

9:00 - 10:00 Ethics
Ethics issues for prosecutors.
Charles J. Kettlewell
Kettlewell and Kettlewell, LLC
Worthington, Ohio

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Professionalism
Issues of professionalism for prosecutors.
Charles J. Kettlewell
Kettlewell and Kettlewell, LLC
Worthington, Ohio

11:15 - 11:45 Substance Abuse
Substance abuse problems among lawyers, and resources available through the bar and elsewhere to help.
Scott R. Mote, J.D.
Executive Director
Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch

Criminal Track

12:45 - 2:00 Elder Abuse
Based upon his ten years experience of prosecuting felony crimes committed against seniors, Mr. Greenwood will discuss why criminal elder abuse is going to become such an important area of prosecution in the next ten years, dynamics of elder abuse, some misconceptions surrounding the prosecution of these crimes [for example, the myth that "elders make terrible witnesses in court"], identifying challenges surrounding the prosecution of such crimes and methods of overcoming those challenges, dealing with the fallout from Crawford vs. Washington highlighting a couple of case studies of successfully prosecuted elder abuse cases, nuts & bolts of establishing an elder abuse prosecution unit in a prosecutor's office, looking at the new federal elder justice bill, and explaining the criminal side of undue influence in financial elder abuse cases.
Paul Greenwood
Head, Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit
San Diego District Attorney's Office

2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 4:00 Elder Abuse, continued

Civil Track

12:45 - 1:45 Defending Civil Claims
A discussion of the defense of civil claims against law enforcement personnel, with emphasis on claims involving alleged excessive use of force.
James Harper
Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Civil Division
Hamilton County

1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 2:45 Confidentiality of Medical Records
This presentation will provide an overview of Federal and Ohio law regarding the confidentiality of medical records. Special attention will be paid to the sensitive issue of the medical records of minors. The presentation will also provide participants with the ability to understand the relationship between HIPAA confidentiality requirements and state law concerning medical record privacy.
C. Christopher Bennington
Bricker and Eckler LLP
Cincinnati - Dayton

2:45 - 4:00 2006 Township Law Update
Township Law Act and beyond! This session will range from roads to fire equipment to investment and expenditure of public funds, including a discussion of the new adult entertainment regulations under HB 23 and their interrelationship with township zoning. Will also touch on current township issues in economic development and anti-terrorism.
Rebecca C. Princehorn
Bricker and Eckler LLP

We have requested 11.50 hours of CLE credits.

Room rates at the Hyatt on Capitol Square are $120.00 for single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy. To make reservations, call 614-228-1234. Identify yourself as being with OPAA to obtain our special rate. The cut-off date for our block of rooms is Monday, November 6th. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Cancellations must be made by 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty.

The registration fee is $250.00, which covers all handout materials, continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunches for PAs and APAs on both days, and the reception and Awards Banquet for both registrant and guest. The fee for one day only is $150.00. Due to the expense of producing the training manual, a $40.00 penalty will apply to all cancellations made through November 24th, and a copy of the manual will be sent. To help defray the cost of food guarantees, cancellations after November 24th, will be assessed a $125.00 penalty if scheduled to attend both days, and a $100.00 penalty if scheduled for one day only, and the training manual will be sent.

Please send registrations to OPAA by November 20th (earlier if possible).

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