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2022 OPAA Summer Workshop
June 24th and 25th, 2021

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We once again will be meeting on the shores of Lake Erie to educate the membership and to enjoy the other activities the area provides. As usual, we will provide both a criminal law track and a civil law track.  The criminal side will go through a case study on human trafficking; a session on criminal case public records requests from a large and medium county perspective; solving a small county (or two!) cold case with genealogy; and a look at 5th amendment rights. On the civil side we will explore construction issues, contracts, and complaints; small solar development cropping up around Ohio counties; the latest in employment case law and labor law issues; tax levies, public funds, and a look at local school district issues.  We look forward to seeing all of you in-person! 

Thursday will consist of committee meetings in the afternoon, and a welcoming reception in the evening.  A family dinner is scheduled for Friday evening, and a family breakfast for Saturday morning.  As usual, training sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The member registration fee of $350.00 (both days) and $200.00 (one day) (non-member fees are double) includes all training, handout materials, Friday’s continental breakfast, and all breaks for registrant.  In addition, it includes the Thursday evening reception, Friday evening dinner, and Saturday breakfast for the registrant and spouse or significant other (see details regarding additional guests). In the event of cancellations after Friday, June 17th, the assessment will be $175.00 (both days) and $100.00 (one day), to partially cover the cost of meals which will have been guaranteed by that date.  Complete details of activities appear in the activities section of this mailing.  Non-member fees are double.

GUEST ROOM RESERVATIONS and TAX EXEMPTION:  Complete info regarding guest rooms and how to claim tax exemption appears later. 

CANCELLATIONS:  There is a penalty for cancellation of guest rooms.  If it becomes necessary to cancel a room, please contact Delores or Diana (614-221-1266) first.  We often have a waiting list of persons wanting rooms and we could not only assist them, but save you a cancellation fee.

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

WELCOMING RECEPTION:  A welcoming reception will be held in the Lakeside Pavilion from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23rd.  See reception details in the activities section.  Matrix Pointe Software is again graciously sponsoring the bar.

FRIDAY EVENING DINNER:  A family dinner buffet will be served from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24th.  See dinner details in the activities section.

SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFAST BUFFET:  A family breakfast buffet will be served on Saturday, June 25th.  See breakfast details in the activities section.

TICKETS TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK:  See details in the activities section.


2:00 – 5:00                   Registration   Hotel Breakers Main Lobby

3:00 – 4:00                   Legislative Committee Meeting   Breakers East Conference Center

4:00 – 5:00                   Executive Committee Meeting    Breakers East Conference Center

6:00 – 7:30                   Welcoming Reception   Lakeside Pavilion


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

CRIMINAL TRAINING     Cedar Point Convention Center

9:00 – 10:45                 AW: A Human Trafficking Case Study
This presentation will examine the case of AW, who ran a sex trafficking ring for several months in 2017.  Attendees will learn how the investigative information was gathered and presented to the prosecutor for consideration.  One of the victims was 16 years old, falling into a loophole that existed at the time in Ohio law.  That loophole, along with the charges AW faced will be explained, along with the court process.  Attendees will also learn how the advocate's ability to work with the victim from the beginning of the investigation to the end of the court proceedings (and beyond) was instrumental.
Jennifer M. Rausch, Legal Director, Human Trafficking Initiative and
Jomel Spurlock, Director, Human Trafficking Initiative
Both with the Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost          

10:45 - 11:00               Break

11:00 - 12:00               Applying Ohio’s Public Records Laws to Criminal Prosecutor Files
This course will specifically address Ohio’s Public Records laws as they pertain to records in criminal prosecutors’ files.  Such records can include police reports, witness statements, LEADS reports, autopsy reports and photographs, crime scene photographs, trace evidence analysis reports, body cam video, medical records and prosecutor notes.  We will examine which records are exempt, and if they are exempt, when does the exemption expire.  We will also discuss cases that have impacted public records requests for prosecutors’ files such as State ex rel. Barb v. Cuyahoga Cty. Jury Commr., 128 Ohio St.3d 528, State ex rel. Caster v. Columbus, 151 Ohio St.3d 425 and State ex rel. Summers v. Fox, 163 Ohio St.3d 217.  We will look at how various county prosecutor’s offices respond to requests for records in prosecutor files.
Kelli K. Perk, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and
Nora Poore , Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Both from the Office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C.  O’Malley and representing the large county perspective.
S. Forrest Thompson, Medina County Prosecutor representing the medium size county perspective

6:00 – 9:00                   Family Dinner Buffet   Lakeside Dining Room

CIVIL TRAINING   Breakers East Conference Center Lobby

9:00 - 10:00                 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Understanding Construction Procurement for Counties  
Participants will be able to gain an understanding of the various delivery models available for county projects. When preparing for a construction project, one of the first decisions that must be made is whether to use a general contractor, construction manager at risk, or design-build delivery model. We will provide an overview of the construction procurement process for counties, including design professional procurement, competitive bidding, and procurement of construction managers at risk and design-builders. We will describe the standard of award and contracting process for each project delivery model. Additionally, we will compare the pros and cons of these delivery models, including how each relates to the project owner’s schedule and budget, how each model allocates risk, and the primary decision points within each model. This presentation will also identify and explain exceptions to competitive bidding available to counties.
Christopher L. McCloskey, Partner
Public Sector Industry Group Chair

Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

10:00 - 10:15               Break                         

10:15 – 12:00               Community and Mercantile Solar Development
Many of Ohio's local governments and their counsel are familiar with establishing rules and planning procedures for kilowatt level, on-site solar generation facilities for home, farm and business applications. Many have become Parties of Record in larger, utility-scale, 50 megawatt and above projects under Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) jurisdiction, too. What siting provisions are in place for "middle of the road" projects?  Local governments are discovering their responsibilities for approving "community" and/or "mercantile '' projects between 5 - 49 megawatts. Community stakeholders see proliferation of these projects as the new, "wild west days" for solar development in Ohio, too. Join Ohio Farm Bureau's Dale Arnold, as he looks at solar development throughout Ohio and where projects will most likely be developed, backgrounders on federal certification requirements and timelines when these projects need to become "shovel
ready", upgradeable planning guidelines local governments can incorporate
into zoning regulations without reinventing building inspection procedures and access to "expert" level evaluations without having to hire "experts."
Dale Arnold, Director, Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation 

6:00 – 9:00                   Family Dinner Buffet   Lakeside Dining Room            


7:00 – 9:30                   Family Breakfast Buffet   Lakeside Dining Room

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


CRIMINAL TRAINING  Cedar Point Convention Center

9:00 - 10:00                 Genealogy and Cold Cases – The Ralph Bortree Case
On July 31st, 1993, a 19-year-old female was driving to work in a rural part of Logan County when her vehicle was forced off the road by another vehicle. A man exited his vehicle, brandished a gun, and ordered the victim into his vehicle. He drove to a remote area of Logan County and raped the victim, cut her throat, kicked her repeatedly, and left her for dead in a ditch. The victim survived but detectives were unable to develop any suspects at the time. This presentation will follow the Logan County cold case as well as other rape cases linked to Bortree that surfaced through DNA and genealogy. 
Eric C. Stewart, Logan County Prosecutor and
Amanda Reno, Director of Genetic & Forensic Case Management

10:00 - 10:15               Break

10:15 - 11:15               Genealogy and Cold Cases – The Ralph Bortree Case continues…

11:15 - 12:00               I PLEAD THE 5TH!
The right against compelled self-incrimination is bound to affect Ohio criminal prosecutions.  This presentation will explore the standard governing a witness’ invocation of the Fifth Amendment right in a hearing or trial; whether that invocation should occur in front of the jury; what can be done to grant immunity to the witness; what kinds of immunity exist; and the prohibitions in commenting on silence and invocations in closing argument. 
Steven L. Taylor, Legal Research and Staff Counsel
Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association


CIVIL TRAINING  Breakers East Conference Center

9:00 - 10:30                 Employment, Discrimination, and Labor Law
The presentation includes Court and arbitrator decisions of the past year affecting local governments in Ohio including Title VII, ADA, FMLA and Ohio’s collective bargaining law.  Recent decisions on use of social media by employees, e.g. political endorsements, are included.   Also included will be arbitrator decisions involving discipline such as employment decisions on use
of CBD oils by employees.   Presentation includes practical information to advise clients. 
Jonathan J. Downes
Zachin and Rich
Columbus, Ohio

10:30 - 10:45               Break

10:45 - 12:00               Inside Millage, Outside Millage and Campaign Guidance
Prosecutors are regularly asked to advise the County Auditor and County Budget Commission on millage-related matters.  This session will cover three aspects of Ohio property tax millage:  (1) inside (unvoted) millage; (2) outside (voted) millage; and (3) recent guidance from the Auditor of State regarding use of public funds to promote passage of millage.
Rebecca C. Princehorn, Partner and
Paul S. Rutter, Partner
Public Finance Group
Bricker & Eckler, LLP

Columbus, Ohio



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