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Thursday, October 6th
Sheraton Hotel Columbus at Capitol Square
75 East State Street, Columbus OH 43215

This year’s Support Staff training will include many of your suggestions that we have had in the file for the past year or two: Dealing with difficult people whether co-workers, bosses, or the public is always good for us to hear; the latest in public records changes that might affect your office; an overview of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) system including what your office and those using it can and can’t do with it; and lastly a presentation on dealing with the media including news and social outlets. Note: Matrix is planning a break-out lunch for counties that use its case management system. We’ll send out more details as they are finalized.


9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 Getting Difficult People to Play Nice
At some point, every office will have to deal with an employee…or two...or four…that create drama in the workplace. The drama not only impacts the morale of the office, but also wastes important time and resources. This session will provide insight on how to respond to various types of employee conduct, including: harassing behavior, bullying and stereotypical generational traits. This session should help keep your office moving in the right direction and out of the news!
Benjamin S. Albrecht, Partner
Fishel, Hass, Kim and Albrecht, LLP

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15 -12:15 When to Release a Record: Not Just a Concern for Pop Stars
Ohio’s Public Records Laws are enacted to make government more transparent. Therefore, it is imperative that each office understand its obligation in responding to a request for public records. Similarly, each office must be aware that the shredder is not always appropriate due to various retention obligations. Attendees of this session will gain tips to help them to manage their public records as opposed to having their public records manage them.
Benjamin S. Albrecht, Partner
Fishel, Hass, Kim and Albrecht, LLP

12:15-1:30 Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 2:30 Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG); System Overview, Tutorial, and Legal Ramifications of Misuse.
OHLEG is a versatile and easy to use tool providing access to law enforcement data of value to prosecutors and their staffs. This session will introduce the attendee to the purpose and value of the tool and the most commonly used attributes. We will also discuss OHLEG misuse as it pertains to potential users in the audience and also considerations for prosecution of OHLEG misuse cases. The process for dissemination of OHLEG in response to a motion for discovery will also be covered during this presentation.
Joseph R. Dietz, Director
BCI Investigative Services/OHLEG
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
London, Ohio

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Feeding the News Media and Cultivating the Social Media: How Prosecutor Staff Members Can Advance the Work of the Office Ethically and Effectively
Mark Weaver, a long-time prosecutor and media expert will review the best ways to deal with reporters and use social media tools to communicate the work of your office. Bring your device and get hands-on with some of the social media tactics.
Mark R. Weaver, Esquire
Communications Counsel, Inc.

The member registration fee of $150.00 covers handout materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. Please submit registrations to OPAA by September 22nd. Cancellations after September 26th (other than emergencies) will be assessed a total of $100.00. This will help to defray the cost of food guarantees required by that time. Non-member pricing is double the member prices shown above.

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

OPAA has also requested approval from 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/OPAASupportStaffTraining2016;
or calling 800-325-3535 and identifying yourself as being with group “Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Support Staff Training”. The room rate is $159.00 single or double. The cutoff time for registrations is 5:00 p.m., September 12th. 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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