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Thursday, October 27th
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 East State Street
Columbus OH 43215

The OPAA Administrative Professionals training will once again be held at the Sheraton in downtown Columbus and will feature sessions on professional conduct; managing stress; identifying and combatting gender bias; and the ins and outs of civil protection orders from a small and medium sized county perspective. We look forward to seeing everyone again after our 2020 hiatus!

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Thursday, October 27th

9:00 – 10:00                 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00               Ethical Jeopardy!
The session will cover common workplace ethical and professional situations through prosecutor movies, Ohio trivia, and more. As the game of Jeopardy! Opens, categories and squares are revealed, and attendees have an opportunity to discuss the issue shown. This will be a lighthearted and fun opener to talk about what can sometimes be difficult issues. 
K.C. Steckelberg, Director of Public Affairs
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

11:00 – 11:15               Break

11:15 - 12:15               Office Horror Stories - Managing Stress and Conflict in the Office
This session will look at what is happening in situations that raise emotions, and what strategies can help to alleviate the heat of the moment. We’ll also look at what led to a situation, how to view oneself with an objective eye, and what tactics can be used to make the workplace a better environment.
K.C. Steckelberg, Director of Public Affairs
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

12:15 – 1:30                 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00                   Identifying and Combatting Gender Bias: Examining the Roles of Women Attorneys in the Movies and on TV
Every legal professional regardless of gender must have an equal opportunity to advance their career in the legal profession.  However, the legal profession has a history of gender bias and recent surveys, and statistical studies indicate there is still gender bias in our profession.  In this presentation, attendees will learn to identify both implicit and explicit gender bias in the legal profession by reviewing the depiction of woman attorneys on television and at the movies.  In 2008 and 2018 the American Bar Association conducted a poll of the best lawyer movies.  We will review film clips of these award-winning movies to identify implicit gender bias in these
movies.  Further, we will review the depiction of woman attorneys on classic television shows from 1960-1990 to identify gender bias on the small screen.
Philip Bogdanoff
Retired Career Prosecutor

3:00 - 3:15                   Break

3:15 - 4:00                   The Ins and Outs of Civil Protection Orders
This session will look at the role of the prosecutor’s office when dealing with civil protection orders and try to identify the process counties are using in the state, and how smaller counties are handling CPOs.
Steven D. Barnett, Carroll County Prosecutor
R. Kyle Witt, Fairfield County Prosecutor
Jason Holdren, Gallia County Prosecutor

NOTE: If any registrant has special dietary needs, contact Delores at 614-221-1266 so that advance arrangements can be made. If the request can be handled by the hotel food service, there will not be a charge. However, if it is necessary to go to an outside source, there will be a charge, and the registrant will be notified in advance.


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