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2009 OPAA Summer Workshop
June 25 - 28, 2009
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 Tournament 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.


2:00 - 5:00 Registration and Cedar Point & Soak City 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 - 10:00 Search Warrants and Warrantless Searches for Trial Prosecutors
This session will examine warrantless searches involving exigent circumstances and also search warrants and the basic information that needs to be on a search warrant for trial prosecutors. This seminar will also review the procedure used to obtain a search warrant.
Philip Bogdenoff
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecutor

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 Ohio Supreme Court Update
Former Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Engel will examine 2008's and early 2009's notable criminal cases from the Ohio Supreme Court, with the hope of discerning a pattern and direction for the court.
Joshua Engel
Chief Legal Counsel
Ohio Department of Public Safety

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

CIVIL TRAINING - Breakers East Conference Center

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Environmental Law Issues
An overview of Solid waste (landfill) issues, wind projects, cost recovery for environmental expenses and combined sewer overflow issues.
Gregory J. DeGulis, Partner
McMahon DeGulis LLP
Cleveland, Ohio

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Alternative Dispute Resolution
How the new mediation law in Ohio and expansion of mediation programs affects public sector attorneys. Issues related to confidentiality, public records, and open meetings. Also on the horizon is mediation of abuse/neglect/dependency cases, as well as delinquency and truancy. Foreclosure mediation will also be covered.
Jennifer Krieger, Mediation Attorney
Ninth Appellate District

11:15 - 12:00 Fence Laws
An update on the recently enacted Ohio fence laws brought about by House Bill 323 (effective 9/30/2008).
Hon. Martin H. Frantz, Prosecutor
Wayne County

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 7:00 - 9:30 Family Breakfast Buffet - Coral Dining Room

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

CRIMINAL TRAINING - Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

9:00 - 10:00 Experts
A lively discussion of expert witness rules and some examples of the good and bad side of experts.
Hon. John Bradley
Williamson County District Attorney
Georgetown, Texas

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 Manipulation of DNA
This presentation will review the modern use of DNA and how we need to be cautious against the ways that defendants and experts may manipulate it to their advantage.
Hon. John Bradley
Williamson County District Attorney
Georgetown, Texas

CIVIL TRAINING - Breakers East Conference Center

9:00 - 10:00 eDiscovery Under The 2008 Amendments To The Ohio Rules Of Civil Procedure
An overview of eDiscovery under Ohio's newly amended Civil Rules.
Gregory J. Krabacher, Esquire
Bricker & Eckler, LLP

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Americans With Disabilities Act, 2008 Amendments
The 2008 amendments to the ADA were designed to reverse the impact of several court decisions interpreting the law. These amendments will have a significant impact on the way employers and employees view disability claims.
Cheri B. Hass, Partner
Downes, Hurst, Fishel LLP
Columbus, Ohio

11:15 - 12:00 Senior Protection in Ohio -- Someday you may need it, so pay attention!
An overview of civil protection orders for the elderly under Section 5101 of the Ohio Revised Code. Coverage of issues commonly dealt with in protection of the elderly by civil divisions all over Ohio.
Pete Kainos, Assistant Prosecutor
Karleen Henderson, Assistant Prosecutor
Andrew Ranazzi, Assistant Prosecutor
Lucas County Prosecuting Attorney's Office


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



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 5th, 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 5th 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 5th 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 5th, and $75.00 after June 5th.

Complete details of activities appear in the Activities Section of your mailing. 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 5th. Failure to submit the form could prevent participation in the activities.

A Hotel Breakers tax exemption form which is enclosed in your mailing for your convenience. 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 below. 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: $50.00 penalty, and cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance to receive a refund.

GUEST ROOM RESERVATIONS. The cutoff date for our block of rooms at the Breakers is Tuesday, May 19th. 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. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. 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 there is a $50.00 penalty, and you must give a 72-hour notice in order to obtain a 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! 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 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 with your mailing. 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.


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