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Sheraton Hotel Columbus at Capitol Square Thursday, October 2, 2014
75 East State Street, Columbus OH 43215

As in the past, with most counties suffering budget shortages, this training has been scheduled for only one day, in the hope that this will allow more to join us for the exciting program! By request, we have extended lunch to allow more time for interaction between counties.

To avoid confusion, the Sheraton is the same hotel (Hyatt on Capitol Square) at which previous Support Staff Training seminars were held.


9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 Victim Advocate Programs
An overview of the Lucas County Victims Advocate program which includes several divisions:--Hispanic outreach, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, anti-bullying, kids space, 24 hour crisis response team, keep a clear mind, victim's forum, senior protection unit and the court room advocates.
Julia Bates, Lucas County Prosecuting Attorney and
Lynn R. Carder, Executive Director, Toledo/Lucas County
Victim-Witness Assistance Program

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15 -12:15 Criminal Law for Support Staff: How to Prevent a Case from Derailing and Causing a Disaster
Each year we read about cases where a defendant’s file is lost and the case is dismissed for failing to give the defendant a speedy trial. It is vital that support staff understand the significance of every motion filed by a defense attorney. In this interactive presentation they will learn how a defendant can avoid criminal responsibility for his criminal acts by filing a motion to suppress, motion to dismiss, or pleading an affirmative defense. Support staff will learn about the statute of limitations, jurisdiction and venue. Most importantly, we will discuss how support staff must always be aware of time deadlines when bringing a defendant to trial, responding to a defense motion, or filing a notice of appeal when a court grants a motion to suppress or dismiss.
Philip D. Bogdanoff
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

12:15-1:30 Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 2:30 Reporting Child Sexual Predators: Fumbling a Duty to Protect Children
The Penn State locker room and numerous other cases have focussed this nation’s attention on child sexual predators and the responsibility for school personnel and other professionals to report child sexual abuse. Ohio has enacted numerous laws to protect children from sexual abuse. 2151.421, Ohio’s reporting statute requires school personnel and other professionals who work with children to report sexual abuse. This presentation reviews the Penn State case and the ethical decisions that allowed a sexual predator to continue to sexually abuse children. We will review Ohio case law and procedures regarding the identification and prosecution of sexual predators. Victim advocates and other support personnel will obtain a complete understanding of the Ohio statutes that allow the State to prosecute sexual predators years or even decades after the offense was committed.
Philip D. Bogdanoff
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Reporting Child Sexual Predators: Fumbling a Duty to Protect Children continues...
Philip D. Bogdanoff
Retired Summit County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

The member registration fee of $150.00 covers handout materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. Please submit registrations to OPAA by September 22nd . Because we must commit early to the expenses involved in producing the handout materials, cancellations through September 26th will be assessed a $45.00 fee, and the handout materials will be sent. Cancellations after September 26th (other than emergencies) will be assessed a total of $100.00. In addition to the handouts, this will help to defray the cost of food guarantees required at that time. Non-member pricing is double the member price.

OPAA has received approval from the Ohio Victim Witness Association (OVWA) for victim-witness advocates to received continuing education hours for this training.

OPAA has also applied to the Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Certification Board for approval to offer continuing education hours to paralegals.

If you wish to arrive Wednesday evening, OPAA has blocked a few rooms at the Sheraton. Reservations can be made by registering online at www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OPAA SupportStaffTraining2014, or calling 614-365-4500. The room rate is $137.00 single or double. The cutoff time for registrations is 5:00 p.m., September 10th. Payment at the Sheraton must be made with either an office check or office credit card to receive tax exempt status. If payment is made with personal check or personal credit card with the expectation of being reimbursed by your office, tax exemption cannot be claimed (state law).

NOTE: If any registrant has special dietary needs, contact Delores at
614-221-1266 so that advance arrangements can be made.
If the request can be handled by the hotel food service,
there will not be a charge. However, if it is necessary
to go to an outside source, there will be a charge,
and the registrant will be notified in advance.


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