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Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
302 W. Washington St., Rm. E-205
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317-232-1836
Fax: 317-233-3599

David N. Powell
Executive Director

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Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

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October 2015

The DRE as an Expert Witness

October 13
2-3:30 p.m. CST

This will be the debut episode of the second season of Traffic Tuesdays, the National TSRP Webinar Series.

Drugged driving is becoming more of an issue every day. These cases can be difficult for both law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Many officers are not familiar with the signs and symptoms of impairment caused by drugs other than alcohol. Many prosecutors have the same problem. Moreover, the public generally is not aware of the danger presented by people driving under the influence of drugs. In the case of prescription medication, they may not even realize that it is against the law to drive while impaired.

Drug Recognition Experts can be the key to making a DWI-D case. At the time of the arrest, they can identify indicators of impairment and the drug category causing it. At trial, they can explain signs and symptoms of impairment that may not be obvious to a lay person. As their title suggests, DREs are experts and should be presented an expert witnesses in court.

In this webinar, Sarah Garner, the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor from North Carolina, will explain what makes DREs experts and how to most effectively present their expert testimony in court.

There is no charge to attend this webinar, but space is limited.


Release the Hounds: Using Pre-conviction Forfeiture to Save Seized Animals from Re-victimization

October 22
3-4 p.m. EST

Presented by Lora Dunn (Animal Legal Defense Fund). Seized animals can languish for months or even years while a cruelty trial is pending, taking a toll on their well-being and jeopardizing their chances of future adoption. What’s more, the financial burden of caring for these victim animals can put an incredible strain on the caregiving agency, sometimes draining its resources to the breaking point. To this end, pre-conviction forfeiture is an essential tool in animal cruelty cases for prosecutors, caregivers, and victim animals alike. This webinar will examine a host of issues that arise in pre-conviction forfeiture practice: animals as “live" evidence, Constitutional challenges to the forfeiture process, strengthening existing forfeiture laws in your state, lien foreclosure v. forfeiture, and more. This webinar will benefit prosecutors, law enforcement, animal control, veterinarians and shelter workers.

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Domestic Violence in Immigrant and Refuge Communities

October 2 - South Bend

Funded by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. There has been a continued increase in the number of immigrants who are victims of domestic violence and require specialized support services that take into consideration cultural and religious beliefs. With more focused sessions on larger cultural and religious communities in the city, our goal is to be able to provide a more personal understanding of how best to support, understand, and respond to these situations. In order to address this gap, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has provided sponsorship funds to the Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI). We are organizing full days of programming that will offer domestic violence providers, social workers, physical and mental health providers, law enforcement, the legal community, and the general public interested in learning more with valuable training and skills. Get a discount in the online registration by entering the code, “CULTURE”.


Forensic Interviewing of Children

October 19-23
December 7-11

Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), these comprehensive trainings, to be held in Huntsville, AL, include audience discussion, child interview practicum, a review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in a mock court simulation. Each attendee will receive a training manual, a recorded copy of their interview practicum, access to additional training materials online, and post-training support as requested.


Computer Forensics in Court for Prosecutors

February 22-26, 2016
March 21-25, 2016
April 11-15, 2016
May 23-27, 2016
Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI), a partnership between the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the Alabama District Attorney’s Association to facilitate the training of state and local judges, law enforcement, and prosecutors in the areas of computer forensics and digital evidence.

Computer Forensics in Court for Prosecutors is a five-day course taught by nationally recognized instructors and computer forensic experts. The course offers hands-on experience with computer and networking technology providing prosecutors with knowledge and insight for criminal cases involving digital evidence. The course combines instructor led discussions and practical exercises to teach methodologies and techniques used by investigators, as well as instruction of digital evidence legal issues.

There are no prerequisites, as the course is not designed for individuals with extensive computer technology backgrounds. If selected, you will be attending this course with twenty-three other prosecutors from all over the United States. You will receive notice via e-mail after the application deadline if you have been selected to attend. Only one applicant per jurisdiction will be eligible for each course. Submission of application does not guarantee acceptance and the deadline for application submission is October 23, 2015.

The courses are taught at the NCFI facility in Hoover, Alabama and are offered at no cost to the participant. All course fees, airfare (or mileage), hotel and per diem are also covered. Travel to the NCFI will be on the Sunday before the first day of class, returning home on Friday evening.



October 2015

2015 Latino Conference

October 15
Sheraton Hotel

Sponsored by the Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

The theme of this year's conference is "Healthy Generation Toward Communities Without Violence". Who Should Attend? Any professional providing services related to domestic and sexual violence. Including but not limited to victim advocate, health and mental care, law enforcement, court staff, private investigator, attorney, department of corrections, social work, child welfare services, foster care, school educator or administrator, higher education, and anyone interested in related issues.


Indiana Veterans Court and Veterans Summit

October 19
Indiana War Memorial
Pershing Auditorium

Hosted by: Indiana Supreme Court. In partnership with: Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and Indiana State Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee

The purpose of the summit is to highlight the benefits of veterans courts, the services and support available to criminal justice involved veterans, and to discuss future training and funding opportunities available for Indiana veterans courts. The event is free but registration is required.

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Children's Justice Act Conference:
Improving Indiana's Response to Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect

October 22-23, 2015
Radisson Hotel
Indianapolis Airport
2500 S. High School Road

The conference is an opportunity for Indiana's multi-disciplinary teams to increase their capacity to assess child maltreatment. Indiana communities can demonstrate the capacity to reach beyond traditional means and find new and better strategies to improve child well-being, child safety and better serve families through trauma informed practices.

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6th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium
In the Trenches - A Community Approach

Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium Art

October 28-29
The Westin Hotel
301 W. Washington St.

Registration for the Indiana Attorney General’s Sixth Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium is now open. This program is the largest statewide collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse. Through this type of collaboration, your work can be more impactful in bringing solutions to this issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a public health crisis in 2012.

The registration website includes a link to the program agenda, breakout session description and other helpful information. A room block has been reserved and Symposium attendees will receive a discounted conference guest rate courtesy of the Westin Downtown Indianapolis. Please mention that you will be attending the Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium when making reservations.

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Extended Forensic Interview Training

October 6-8
Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

This training introduces a model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors. An Extended Forensic Interview (EFI) is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child's ability to participate in a single-session interview. Such children might be the very young child, a child with developmental delays or cognitive disabilities, or an extremely traumatized child. Cultural considerations may indicate a need for an EFI, rather than a single-session interview.

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Victim Advocacy Training

October 14-16
Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

This training is designed for Victim Advocates who are working with children and families within a Child Advocacy Center setting and focuses on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job. The training will include foundational sessions on understanding the criminal justice system, dynamics of child abuse, crisis development and resolution, effective listening techniques, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, cultural considerations and intervention strategies. All foundational sessions are presented by experienced professionals currently working in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention at the National Children's Advocacy Center.

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Body Cams 101

October 29
Lansing, MI

Sponsored by: Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Traffic Safety Training Program

This one day seminar will train law-enforcement officers and prosecutors on how to implement a body-worn camera program and how to deal with corresponding legal issues, including using video to prove an OWI case. The course will be taught by officers and prosecutors with experience in dealing with the issues discussed.

Featured Topics: Pros/Cons of Body Cams • Storage Issues • Costs of Redacting • Preserving Videos for Evidence • FOIA Requests • Retention Issues • Duty to Preserve and Disclose • Chain of Custody • Invasion of Privacy.

Registration deadline: October 22

November 2015

Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training

November 3-5
Scottsdale, AZ

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

NCAC’s Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training will begin with a review of the principles of recognized “best practice” for forensic interviewing; but will quickly move to addressing populations and allegations that place demands on forensic interviewers to adapt their practice to meet a variety of advanced challenges.

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National Institute for the Prosecution of Elder Abuse

November 10-13
Westminster, CO

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA) is a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting elder abuse cases. Participants receive training on the dynamics of elder abuse as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPEA explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors while balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explains common injuries and relevant medical evidence, providing guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addresses the development and improvement of culturally-specific victim services; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in elder abuse cases.

This course is open to prosecutors only, and attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Pending OVW approval, applicants will be informed of acceptance by email.

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Appellate Judges Education Institute Annual Summit

November 12-15
Washington, D.C.

The Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Summit, open to ALL judges and lawyers, is the preeminent provider of appellate judicial education in the United States.  The annual AJEI Summit gathers federal and state appellate judges from across the country and invites all lawyers to join them for practical, cutting-edge, educational programming.  Presenters include leading practitioners from private and government practice, outstanding law professors, and experienced appellate judges and court attorneys.  The four-day format also affords numerous opportunities for bench-bar networking. Program: Brochure:


March 2016

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys

March 22 - 24
Washington, DC

This conference will provide you with three full days of training. In addition to the plenary sessions, you will have the opportunity to choose from 51 workshops presented by over 100 speakers. Save $100 off the registration fee if you register with payment by December 1, 2015.

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updated 10/1/2015

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