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2012 OPAA Fall Training
September 20 & 21, 2012
Wyndham on Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio


This year’s fall training will cover a variety of topics including RICO issues; an update of the happenings in the Ohio Supreme Court; an overview of the Penn State University events and ensuing trial(s); allied offenses of similar import; witness intimidation; and prosecuting human trafficking along with an overview of the new state law. We will also offer complete CLE credits for Ethics, Professionalism, and Substance Abuse. As at our Summer Workshop, all training handouts will be posted to our website for your convenience.

Thursday, September 20

9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 Professionalism
A discussion of A Lawyer’s Creed and A Lawyer’s Aspirational Ideals.
Geoffrey Stern and Rasheeda Khan, Directors
Professional Responsibility
Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter
Columbus Ohio

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:15 Legal Ethics - Sources, Procedure, and Recent Developments
Ethics issues that face the prosecuting attorney’s office and an overview of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
Geoffrey Stern and Rasheeda Khan, Directors
Professional Responsibility
Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter
Columbus Ohio

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:45 The Masquerade Party Of The Synthetic Cathinones
Phenethylamines, such as amphetamine or methamphetamine, are well characterized monoamine releasers with known therapeutic utility. However, these compounds also possess a high potential for abuse. Since the enactment of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, clandestine chemists have used chemistry in an effort to circumvent this law in the distribution of their illicit compounds. The chemistry and predicted pharmacologic/toxicologic effects of a wide array of newly identified synthetic cathinones will be shared. This presentation will include substance abuse credit requirements.
Dr. Jon E. Sprague
Ohio Northern University

2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:00 Ohio Supreme Court Update
This presentation will provide overview and discussion on the backgrounds, holdings, and ramifications of the significant 2011 and 2012 cases decided by Ohio’s highest court.
T. Allan Regas, Assistant Prosecutor
Cuyahoga County

4:00 - 4:30 Human Trafficking
In 1995 Steven M. Dettelbach successfully prosecuted what was at the time the largest human trafficking case in American history, when more than 70 Thai women were held against their will and forced to work in sweatshop-like conditions in El Monte, California. Dettelbach went on to become the Justice Department’s national coordinator for cases involving what was then called involuntary servitude, now referred to as human trafficking. Since being sworn in as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, his office has prosecuted nearly two dozen people for human trafficking offenses, largely young women forced into the commercial sex trade. Mr. Dettelbach will discuss the challenges associated with these cases, why they are important, how federal and state prosecutors can work together with law enforcement partners, and the need to work with social service agencies to get help for the victims of human trafficking.
Steven M. Dettelbach
United States Attorney
Northern District of Ohio

Friday, September 21

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Engaging In A Pattern Of Corrupt Activity: “RICO”
This session will start with a brief introduction to “RICO” law at the federal level and how “RICO” came to Ohio in R.C. 2923.32. The lecture will also address the Criminal Gang Activity statute, R.C. 2923.41. The lecture presents typical “RICO” and Gang cases from Ohio. The main focus of the lecture is how prosecutors can use these two statutes and when each is most appropriate. This part of the lecture outlines and explains the elements of “RICO” and Gang prosecutions and important associated terminology. The lecture discusses how to successfully establish a prima facie case, by explaining how to satisfy each element of the statutes, generally. The lecture highlights some of the different approaches the different districts take on the various elements. Throughout the lecture, the lecturers will present an example of how to successfully prosecute a “RICO” case and a Gang case.
Paul M. Soucie, Supervisor, Economic Crime Unit and
Deborah R. Naiman, Supervisor, Major Drug Offender’s Unit
Cuyahoga County

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Prosecuting Child Sexual Predators, Fumbling a Duty to Protect Children
The Penn State locker room has focused this nation’s attention on child sexual predators and the responsibility for school personnel to report child sexual abuse. This seminar will examine the various problems with prosecuting a child sexual predator years or decades after the crime has been committed. We will examine Ohio’s statute of limitations, indictment issues relating to the date the crime was committed, and other issues that arise when an adult testifies that they were sexually abused as a child. We will also review R.C. 2151.421, Ohio’s reporting statute that requires school personnel and other professionals to report sexual abuse.
Philip Bogdanoff
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecutor

11:15 - 12:15 The Merger Mess
A simple question and answer discussion on the problems and issues associated with allied offenses of similar import.
Judge Sean C. Gallagher
Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 3:00 Improving The Justice System Response To Witness Intimidation
Violent criminals routinely escape justice by intimidating witnesses to their crimes, which has resulted in justice system professionals, community leaders, and researchers declaring witness intimidation a national concern and a challenge to administering justice. Intimidation crimes range from crude to complex and when successful, escape the purview of the justice system, and allow criminal behavior to continue unchecked. The pervasive nature of these crimes is devastating to victims and community confidence in the justice system's ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. This presentation will discuss the ways batterer’s intimidate and control victims; victim behaviors that are attempts to cope with their battering; effective investigation and documentation of intimidation and intimidation crimes, charging and trying the intimidation and strategies to hold these offenders accountable.
Rhonda J. Martinson, Attorney Advisor
Aequitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women

Ethics, 1 hour; Professionalism, 1 hour; Substance Abuse, 1.5 hour;
General Topics, 6.25 hours.

Guest rooms at the Wyndham are $135.00 single or double occupancy. Call the Wyndham at 216-615-7500 or 866-270-6768 to make reservations. Be sure to tell them you are with OPAA to receive this rate. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Early check-in or late check-out are on a case-by-case basis. Cancellation policy: 4:00 p.m. day of scheduled arrival. Our hold on rooms expires on Tuesday, September 4th. Parking: self parking, $12.00/night; valet parking, $20.00/night.

The registration fee for members is $250.00 if attending both days, and $125.00 if attending one day only. For non members the fee is $500.00 for both days, and $250.00 for one day. These fees cover all handout materials, continental breakfast, and lunch both days, and refreshments at breaks. To help defray the cost of food guarantees, cancellations after September 16th will be assessed a penalty of $110.00 if scheduled to attend both days, and an $85.00 penalty if scheduled for one day only.



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