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OPAA Support Staff Training
Hyatt on Capitol Square - Columbus, Ohio
November 2 & 3, 2006

This year's Support Staff Training will deal with the "nuts and bolts" of the prosecutor's office. Hopefully you will be better equipped to assist the prosecuting staff after attending these sessions.


10:00 - 11:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

11:00 - 12:00 Records Retention and Disposition Procedures for Ohio's Public Offices
Introduction to the Ohio Historical Society-Local Government Records Program including discussion on your record commission's responsibilities, inventory preparation, records retention and disposition forms, filing certificates of records disposal, media decisions (paper, microfilm, electronic), and basics of disaster prevention and preparedness.
Pari J. Swift
Assistant State Archivist
Ohio Historical Society

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Meeting the Press
Your prosecutor often handles high-profile cases that attract reporters. There are ethical rules about what can and can't be said about a criminal case and there are pointers about what works best. HINT: It doesn't involve saying "No Comment."
Mark Weaver, Of Counsel
Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 4:15 How Prosecutors Win Domestic Violence and Stalking Cases
Domestic violence and stalking prosecutions are some of the most challenging cases facing law enforcement, especially when victims are uncooperative or recant. Stalking is not limited to the traditional unwanted advances by a defendant, but includes relationships with a significant power imbalance, and defendants who are otherwise thought of as model citizens. Stalking charges, unlike domestic violence charges, focus on the entire relationship between the defendant and the victim.
Evidence Based Prosecution has been developed to enable law enforcement and prosecutors to successfully obtain convictions in domestic violence and stalking cases even with uncooperative or recanting victims. By assuming that a likely victim will recant, and by using a cooperative approach involving first responders, investigators, advocates, and prosecutors, prosecutors have been able to obtain domestic violence convictions in this challenging circumstance. This talk will focus on the techniques which have been proven successful, and will help teach support staff the best practices to support prosecutors.
Joshua A. Engle
Assistant Prosecutor
Warren County, Ohio


8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 OHLEG - The Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway Search Engine
A detailed review and training on the use and capabilities of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway Search Engine (OHLEG-SE).
Steven Raubenolt
Deputy Superintendent of BCI, Identification/OHLEG Section
State of Ohio, Office of the Attorney General

10:00 - 11:00 FOJ Standards
An overview of the Furtherance of Justice Fund guidelines.
David L. Landefeld
Prosecuting Attorney
Fairfield County, Ohio

11:00 - 11:30 Handling Juvenile Caseloads
A "typical day" in the Franklin County Prosecutor's juvenile division.
Carol M. Rose
Administrative Assistant, Criminal Division
Franklin County, Ohio

11:30 - 12:00 Extradition
The necessary paperwork and other steps involved to complete a successful extradition.
Sarah Creedon
Deputy Chief Legal Counsel
Lisa Heinbach
Legal Assistant
Both of Governor Robert Taft's Office

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Child Advocacy Issues
An overview of child advocacy issues and what services are available for child victims.
Dr. Michelle Dayton
Cambridge, Ohio

2:00 - 3:00 Plea Bargains
A general overview of how the plea bargain process works.
Timothy K. Mitchell
Chief Counsel, Criminal Division
Franklin County, Ohio

Guest rooms have been blocked for the nights of Wednesday, November 1st, and Thursday, November 2nd. The room rate is $141.00 for single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy. Reservations are to be made by calling the Hyatt on Capitol Square at 614-228-1234. Identify yourself as being with OPAA to get our rate. The cutoff date for our room block is Monday, October 16th.

The registration fee of $200.00 covers handout materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments both days. Please submit your registrations to OPAA by October 25th (earlier if possible). Because we must commit early to the expenses involved in producing the handout, cancellations through October 27th will be assessed a $40.00 fee, and the handout materials will be sent to you. Cancellations after October 27th (other than emergencies) will be assessed a total of $95.00. In addition to the handouts, this will help to defray the cost of food guarantees required at that time.

If you can only attend one day, the following fees apply: $110.00 registration; $40.00 assessed for cancellation through May 19th; and $60.00 assessed for cancellation after October 27th.

NOTE: If any registrant has special dietary needs, contact Delores at 614-221-1266, so that advance arrangements can be made.

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