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Hotel Breakers, Cedar Point June 21-23, 2012

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., the golf outing at Thunderbird Hills South Course in the afternoon, and a Family Dinner Buffet in the evening. Saturday morning is the Family Breakfast Buffet, and a.m. training. Cedar Point and Soak City discount tickets will be on sale during registration hours Thursday through Saturday. Save the time of standing in line and pre-order your tickets from Delores! The training program will offer both criminal and civil tracks on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The member registration fee of $300.00 ($600.00 for ALL non-members) 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 members of the registrant’s immediate family. In the event of cancellations by June 1st, there will be a $45.00 charge assessed to cover the cost of the handout materials, and those materials will be sent to the registrant. After June 1st the assessment will be $150.00, 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 1st – earlier if possible. If a registrant is only attending one day, the registration fee is $175.00 ($350.00 for non-members), with an assessment of $45.00 if cancellation is made by June 1st, and $110.00 after June 1st.

BUSINESS MEETING: The business meeting will be held in the Cedar Point Convention Center at 12:00 noon on Saturday, immediately following training sessions.

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! There is a copy following the OPAA registration form. 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! Fax a separate exemption form for each person to the hotel at 419-627-2267 – (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. 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.

GUEST ROOM RESERVATIONS. The cutoff date for our block of rooms at the Breakers is Monday, May 21st. Their phone number is 419-627-2106. Use group code 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 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 and if we can redirect the info to someone looking for a room it might save you the cancellation fee.

OPAA REGISTRATION DESK. The registration desk will be open 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday (Breakers Lobby), and 8:00 a.m. to noon on both Friday and Saturday (Breakers East Conference Center).

GOLF TOURNAMENT. The OPAA Open will be held at the south course of Thunderbird Hills on Friday, June 22nd. We have five tee times beginning at 1:10 p.m. The cost is $33.00, including cart. If 62 or over, the senior rate is $26.25. Payment is to be made to Thunderbird, the day of the tournament (NOT TO OPAA)! Tee times remaining after Friday, June 15th, will be released.

WELCOMING RECEPTION. A Welcoming Reception for registrant and family* will be held in the Coral Courtyard from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st.

FAMILY DINNER BUFFET & REFRESHMENTS. A steamship round buffet (also includes several other meat, fish, and/or chicken dishes, plus many casseroles, side dishes, and desserts) for registrants and family* will be served on Friday, June 22nd, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

FAMILY BREAKFAST BUFFET. A breakfast buffet for registrants and family* will be served on Saturday, June 23rd, from 7:00 - 9:30 a.m.

CEDAR POINT, SOAK CITY, AND RIDE & SLIDE TICKETS. Discounted tickets may be purchased at the OPAA registration desk. Tickets for use on Wednesday, June 20th, and early Thursday, June 21st can be had by making prior arrangements with Delores (614-221-1266). Make your request early enough to allow ample time for mailing. See price information in the Activities Schedule. Tickets are valid Wednesday, June 20th through Sunday, June 24th.

*These events are open to the registrant and members of the registrant’s immediate family only. However, additional guests will be accommodated for an additional fee, as follows:
Adults Children
(includes children 48" or taller) (ages 3 and older and under 48")
Reception $17.00 $10.00
Dinner $24.00 $16.00
Breakfast $14.00 $ 9.00

Payment for additional guests is to be made at the time the activities sheet is returned to OPAA.


2:00 - 5:00 Registration and Cedar Point, Soak City, and Ride & Slide Ticket Sales
Breakers Lobby

TBA Committee Meetings

6:00 - 7:30 Welcoming Reception – Coral Courtyard


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

CRIMINAL TRAINING – Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Charging Considerations And Sentencing Strategies In ICAC Prosecutions
This session will discuss the possible offenses prosecutors must consider when initially charging a child pornography case. He will examine and discuss the most common crimes used by prosecutors who deal with child pornography and child exploitation cases. He will also review the pros and cons associated with child pornography charges. Jesse will also discuss proven sentencing strategies he has utilized in child pornography cases during his career as an assistant county prosecutor, including educating judges about technology-facilitated offenses, convincing judges that these are not “just pictures” cases, and providing judges with information about the real children who have been re-victimized by the downloading and trading of child pornography images.
Jesse Canonico
Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Beyond Quill And Ink: Technology For The Prosecutors Office In The 21st Century
From case processing software to iPad apps, technology exists to make your office more efficient and connected. This program will touch on some available technology as well as overcoming some of the impediments to installation in your office.
David W. Phillips, Union County Prosecuting Attorney

11:15 - 12:00 Year in Review: Supreme Court of Ohio
Discussion will provide overview of significant criminal law decisions issued 2011 and early 2012 by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Discussion will center on the backgrounds, holdings, and ramifications of the significant 2011 and early 2012 cases decided by Ohio’s high court.
Lisa Reitz Williamson, Criminal Division Chief and
Matthew E. Meyer, Assistant Prosecutor
Both of Cuyahoga County

6:00 - 9:00 Family Dinner Buffet
Coral Dining Room

CIVIL TRAINING – Breakers East Conference Center

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 What County Prosecutors Should Know About Upcoming Statutory Changes To Ohio’s Environmental Laws
In 2011, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich directed his administration to revise Ohio’s environmental regulations to “make it easier” to do business in Ohio. On February 9, 2012, State Senator Tim Schaffer introduced Senate Bill 294 which is meant to simplify Ohio EPA regulations which regulate various industries.
Frank J. Reed, Jr.
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Columbus, Ohio

9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 - 10:45 Protecting the County’s Water And Sewer Rights In A Difficult Economy
In a time of declining revenues and smaller allocations of state and federal funds, expanding water and sewer customer base is viewed as an easy way to increase revenue, but often creating disputes between municipalities and surrounding counties over water and sewer rights. As the county prosecutor, protecting the board’s legal rights requires that you understand a complex mix of state and federal statutes, state constitutional provisions and caselaw from Ohio’s courts. The objective of this presentation is to provide you that background, so that you can institute proactive, rather than reactive, steps to minimize the risk of your county losing out in this important battle.
Stephen N. Haughey
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Columbus, Ohio

10:45 - 12:00 Ohio Public Records Law Update
Recommendations for best practices in documenting public office compliance with the Ohio Public Records Act, and negotiating burdensome requests. Discussion of frequently asked questions regarding Law Enforcement Investigatory Records. Analysis of PRA liability calculation, and reduction, and recent developments in liability for improper records disposal. Selected electronic records issues.
Jeff Clark, Principal Attorney, Constitutional Offices Section
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office

6:00 - 9:00 Family Dinner Buffet
Coral Dining Room


7:00 - 9:30 Family Breakfast Buffet – Coral Dining Room

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

CRIMINAL TRAINING – Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

9:00 - 10:00 Modern Scientific And Legal Challenges To Forensic Evidence
In today's highly technical and scientific world, the use of an expert witness in criminal cases is increasingly common and often expected by the jury. Likewise, there have been substantial developments in forensic fields, both scientific and legal, that have created significant challenges for prosecutors in the presentation of such evidence. This presentation will focus on the use and challenge of forensic evidence at trial, including an examination of the foundation for making such a presentation, the National Academy of Science Report and the impact of recent Supreme Court cases expanding the application of the Confrontation Clause.
Hon. John Bradley
Williamson County District Attorney
Georgetown, Texas

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 Modern Scientific And Legal Challenges To Forensic Evidence continues...

12:00 - 1:30 Business Meeting
Cedar Point Convention Center

CIVIL TRAINING – Breakers East Conference Center

9:00 - 10:15 Merger Of County And Government Entities And Services
This presentation will focus on current and new legislation authorizing County entities to merge with other government entities for purposes of providing public services. The presentation will include discussions of the various structure permitted by law as well as personnel issues presented by these changes. The personnel issues will focus on collective bargaining and civil service law.
Marc Fishel, Partner
Downes, Fishel, Hass, Kim LLP
Columbus, Ohio

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00 How To Keep Your Client From Getting Corkscrewed While Not Cussing A Blue Streak
This presentation will utilize case studies to equip prosecutors on how to advise their clients so as to avoid emerging areas of liability. Presenters will focus on recent litigation throughout the State and on areas of growing concern for public entities. The session will cover a variety of areas including employment law, law enforcement liability and road and bridge concerns.
Cheri B. Hass, Partner
Downes, Fishel, Hass, Kim LLP
Columbus, Ohio and
Elizabeth G. Miller, Esq., Claim and Litigation Manager
County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA)

12:00 - 1:30 General Business Meeting
Cedar Point Convention Center



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