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2017 OPAA Summer Workshop
June 22nd and 24rd, 2017
Breakers Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

The agenda is shown, but unfortunately many of the hotel details of the meeting have not been finalized. We will post as soon as they become available.

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 evening reception, Friday evening dinner, and Saturday breakfast for the registrant and the registrant’s spouse or significant other. In the event of cancellations after June 15th the assessment will be $150.00, to partially cover the cost of meals which will have been guaranteed by that date. Please return the training registration form to OPAA by June 12th. If a registrant is only attending one day, the registration fee is $175.00 ($350.00 for ALL non-members), with an assessment of $110.00 for cancellations after June 15th.

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


2:00 - 5:00 Registration – Breakers Lobby

3:00 - 4:00 Legislative Committee Meeting

4:00 - 5:00 Executive Committee Meeting

6:00 - 7:30 Welcoming Reception


8:00 - 12:00 Registration – Breakers East Conference Center

CRIMINAL TRAINING – Cedar Point Convention Center, 2nd floor

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast for registrants only

9:00 - 10:30 Did my witness just call defense counsel a pompous jerk? What every prosecutor must know about witnesses.
As a prosecutor or trial attorney, we all have our horror stories about witness that do not show up, show up under the influence, testify differently than expected or create some type of unexpected problem. In this presentation, we will examine issues relating to witnesses including prejudicial statements from witnesses, witness appearance, separation of witnesses, witness competency, confidential informants, court witnesses, recalling witnesses, and special rules regarding child witnesses.
Philip Bogdanoff
Career Summit County Assistant Prosecutor (Retired)

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:30 Body-Worn Cameras
Since the events in Ferguson, body-worn cameras have become a centerpiece of our national dialogue as a means to improve police and community relations. This comprehensive discussion will cover: why body cameras are being implemented; studies concerning implementation; national best practice policies; collective bargaining; requests for proposal; implementation challenges; public records issues; prosecution issues; and the yet to be studied or quantified impact on the criminal justice system. An emphasis of this discussion will focus on a myriad of issues concerning prosecution and body-worn cameras. George Speaks, Deputy Director of Public Safety
City of Columbus

11:30 - 12:00 OPAA Legislative Update - The First Half of 2017
December proved to be a busy couple of weeks in the Ohio General Assembly. As we work on this agenda in April, the OPAA is already keeping track of 70 bills that are moving through the legislative process, along with participating in committees that are working on the grand jury process and simplifying the Ohio Revised Code. This session will identify those laws that were recently enacted, and those new items that we believe could prove to be the most beneficial (or problematic) to our county criminal law prosecutors.
Morris J. Murray, Prosecutor
Defiance County
OPAA President-Elect and Legislative Committee Chair

6:00 - 9:00 Family Buffet Dinner – Lakeside Pavilion

CIVIL TRAINING – Breakers East Conference Center

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast for registrants only.

9:00 - 10:30 How to Keep from Getting “Corkscrewed” at the SPAR by Ohio’s Civil Service Law
From hiring to firing, many protections are afforded to county employees in Chapter 124, Ohio’s civil service law. The goal of this class will be to discuss certain provisions of the law that attendees should consider, so that in the event a matter is appealed to the State Personnel Board of Review, a positive outcome will be achieved. This session will review many of the key provisions of civil service law. The session will begin by reviewing the distinction between classified and unclassified employees. Information will also be provided to attendees regarding the hiring and promotional process of county employees. In the event of a budgetary crisis, the layoff process will be reviewed. To conclude, a brief discussion will occur regarding the disciplinary process of RC 124.34. All of the topics will be discussed in relationship to an appeal to the State Personnel Board of Review.
Benjamin S. Albrecht, Partner
Fishel, Hass, Kim, Albrecht, Downey LLP

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Minimizing the Risk of a Frontier Shooting Gallery: Ohio’s CCW law and the Workplace.
For years, public employers have utilized policies regarding weapons and firearms in the workplace. However, with the implementation of changes to Ohio’s concealed carry law in 2017 as a result of Senate Bill 199, political subdivisions have the authority to permit “individuals” to carry concealed handguns into some public buildings. This session will focus
on not only the concealed carry law, but also considerations for counties in reviewing their policies. Further, significant discussion will be had regarding the potential implications of firearms in the workplace.
Frank D. Hatfield, Partner
Fishel, Hass, Kim, Albrecht, Downey LLP

6:00 - 9:00 Dinner – Lakeside Pavilion


7:00 - 9:30 Breakfast Buffet – Lakeside 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 Prosecuting Criminal Street Gangs in Ohio
This presentation will include the basic information needed to prosecute gang members and gang-related crimes. Discussion will include the current state of gangs in Ohio, legal challenges, trial issues, and the role of social media and crime analysts in gang cases. James Lowe, First Assistant Criminal Division and
Jason Manning, Director, Gang, Organized Crime, and Special Prosecutions Unit
Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Reconsidering the Ohio Supreme Court 2016-2017: From Gonzalez to Gonzalez
A review of the Ohio Supreme Court criminal decision from June 2016 to the present, noting the change in the justices of the court and the effect on its decision making. The court lost two longstanding justices at the end of 2016, who were part of the majority decision in State v. Gonzales, finding that the Legislature meant only pure cocaine can be counted in determining quantity. After two new justices joined the bench, the court reconsidered Gonzales reversing the opinion. This presentation reviews the court’s criminal cases in 2016, those issued in 2017, and highlight pending issues.
T. Allan Regas
Lorain County Assistant Prosecutor

11:15 - 12:00 You got into the phone/computer…now how are you getting it admitted at trial?
This presentation will guide you through a few of the Ohio Rules of Evidence, looking at 901(A) regarding authentication; 801 on hearsay definitions; and 803 on hearsay exceptions.
Laura Dezort
Lorain County Assistant Prosecutor

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

CIVIL TRAINING – Breakers East Conference Center

9:00 - 10:00 Negotiating Your Way Through Local Government Law Civil division prosecutors are called upon to negotiate a wide variety of matters, including contracts, zoning and land use planning, finance, election law and inter-governmental relations. The presentation will include a review of important negotiation skills as they relate to local government law.
Irving B. Sugerman, Partner
Brouse McDowell, LPA

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:15 Economic Development Update for Counties
This session will provide overview of economic development mechanisms under current Ohio law, with a focus on the role of counties in initiating, reviewing, and approving these mechanisms. Recent developments and hot topics in Ohio economic development law, including with respect to downtown redevelopment districts, joint economic development districts, and tax increment financing, also will be discussed.
Robert F. McCarthy, Associate
Bricker & Eckler, LLP

11:15 - 12:00 Roller Coasters, Back Pain and Physician Prescriptions: The Dope on Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law
Drug testing public employees continues to be a difficult issue for counties to address. Therefore, it is important that attendees recognize the importance of policies and training regarding drug testing public employees. At the outset, a general review of the legal implications of public employees will be provided. After a general review, Ohio’s new medical marijuana law will be discussed, as well as, its impact on the workplace. Participants will be reminded that under Ohio’s new law, employers are not required to permit or accommodate employees’ use,
possession, or distribution of medical marijuana. Employers may continue to enforce their drug testing policy, drug-free workplace policy, or zero-tolerance drug policy. At the end of the session, attendees will have a better understanding as to how to minimize the risk of drug use in the workplace consistent with their legal obligations.
Benjamin S. Albrecht, Partner and
Frank D. Hatfield, Partner
Fishel, Hass, Kim and Albrecht, Downey LLP

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


If any person registering has special dietary needs, it is important that they contact Delores at 614-221-1266,
so that advance arrangements can be made with the hotel.

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