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The IPAC Board of Directors continues to make changes to trainings and conferences based on the latest information from the CDC and local health officials.

The Board has also cancelled the in-person Winter Conference scheduled for December. Instead, IPAC will host a virtual conference with speakers from around the country lecturing on a variety of topics. The speakers and sessions are listed below.



Virtual Winter Conference

December 7-9

Winter Conference this year will consist of six total sessions. There will be two sessions on Monday, December 7, two sessions on Tuesday, December 8 and two sessions on Wednesday, December 9. All the sessions are listed below. **Attendees may sign up for all six sessions, just one session or any number in between.**

Registration is now open. Click here to sign up. Attendees must sign up by December 4. The full agenda can be found here.

Monday, December 8

9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
How to Lose a Jury Trial
Arkansas Deputy Prosecutor John Hout

This presentation was created to assist litigators of Prosecutor's offices in handling the common issues that arise in a jury trial. Prosecutors are not going to win every case, and we learn by going to trial. This presentation focuses on those common mistakes but also serves as a comprehensive overview of the entire trial process to include some more advanced techniques. This is a dynamic and entertaining presentation that comes highly recommended from prosecutors around the country.  

Speaker bio: John Hout is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the 20th Judicial District which covers Faulkner, Searcy, and Van Buren Counties. He was previously with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where he was the Division Chief over the Gang Unit and a Major Crimes Prosecutor and has prosecuted over 175 jury trials, more than one third of which have been homicides.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
San Bernadino County Supervising Deputy Prosecutor Britt Imes

Ethics and Professional Responsibility (with a side of Murder) is a course that will cover a variety of topics regarding ethical issues practicing attorneys may encounter, especially in homicide prosecutions. The presentation discusses the need for and requirements of professionalism within the profession. The presentation will also address the ethical obligations of prosecutors in executing their duties, including charging, discovery, trial publicity, jury selection, and trial advocacy at various stages of proceedings. Additionally, the course will discuss ways in which to protect themselves and their cases from attacks on their professionalism and ethics, including the scope of immunity. The presenter will rely on a variety of legal sources including local statutes and case law, federal authority and national rules and standards.  

Speaker bio: Britt has been with the District Attorney’s Office since 1998 and has been assigned to offices in Barstow, Big Bear, San Bernardino and Victorville. He has worked in several specialized units including Mentally Disordered Offenders, Narcotics, Juvenile and Gangs. He was the lead of the Gang Unit in the Desert Division for 4 years before being promoted to Supervisor in 2010.


Tuesday, December 8

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Identifying Sex Trafficking in Rural Areas, Panel Discussion
Deputy Attorney General Lauren Parmley
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mary Hutchison
Officer B.J. Moyars
The Honorable Kim Dowling

This experienced panel will give an introduction and review of human trafficking and statutes before focusing on familial trafficking and how that presents in rural areas. The panel will discuss issues surrounding Human Trafficking from a judicial standpoint as well as issues facing human trafficking prosecutions and how to overcome them. Law Enforcement Officer B.J. Moyars will discuss how he sees human trafficking warning signs show up in his rural community and how he addresses them.


1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
'The Real Heroes'
Author Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer is a survivor of extreme physical child abuse at the hands of his mother. Now an author and a speaker about his experiences, Dave will share with us this rare, heart-felt program given by a man whose life was saved by a system that many ridicule as being useless and incompetent. This highly emotional presentation pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the life of a child.

Speaker bio: Dave has received personal commendations from four U. S. Presidents. Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans, and later, was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World. Dave is also the recipient of the National Jefferson Award which is considered the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Other recipients include Sandra Day O’Connor and Colin Powell. Dave is the author of eight inspirational books. His books have been on the Best Sellers lists for well over 13 years combined. A Child Called “It” alone has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for well over 6 years. Dave is the first author to have four #1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.


Wednesday, December 9

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Navigating LWOP and Death Penalty Cases for Success at Trial and on Appeal
Deputy Attorney General Andrew Kobe
Jackson County Chief Deputy Mark Hollingsworth

Although Death Penalty cases are becoming fewer and fewer, they still present a unique challenge that is unlikely to be mastered easily. LWOP cases are on the rise, replacing the Death Penalty, and yet the same issues are appearing in those cases. Trial issues abound such as reluctance of the jurors, unique legal issues and lengthy sentencing trials. These highly experienced presenters will focus on trial and appellate issues to ensure success on both fronts.

Speaker bios:  Andrew Kobe rejoined the OAG in October 2010 as a Deputy Attorney General and Section Chief for Criminal Appeals. He previously worked for the OAG from 2002 until 2006 as a deputy in the Appeals Division handling criminal appeals, federal habeas corpus litigation, and capital litigation. He has authored hundreds of briefs in state and federal courts and presented over 50 oral arguments to the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and 7th Circuit.

Mark Hollingsworth is the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Mark has been a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for 28 years, having spent the first five years of his career with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, 21 years with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and has been with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office since mid-2018. In his career, Mark has tried just shy of 100 defendants for homicide including multi-defendant cases and double and triple homicide trials. In four of the Murder trials Mark was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on, Life Without Parole sentencing was sought (one of those cases had been a Death Penalty case at one time). Mark has for years been a member of the IPAC Capital Litigation Committee, recently renamed the Complex Litigation Committee.  


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
The Evolving Fourth Amendment and Modern Technologies
Los Angeles County Deputy Prosecutor Benny Forer

This lecture will discuss the historical background that led to the cases United States v. Jones, Riley, and Carpenter in which the courts address electronic evidence, search warrants, and more. The distinguished presenter will provide recent applications of these doctrines and how they are influencing courts and prosecutors. Finally, he will assist in identifying potential pitfalls and legal issues that can arise with new technologies or investigative methods.

Speaker bio: Benny Forer is a veteran criminal prosecutor with experience prosecuting cases ranging from narcotics offenses to gang murders to complex white collar crime. For the past eight years, he has been a member of the prestigious Cyber Crime Unit, the largest such state prosecutorial unit in the country. His job focuses on complex technologically based crimes, complex fraud and cyber-sex crimes, including child pornography.


updated 11/17/2020


IPAC Contact Info

Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
302 W. Washington St., Rm. E-205
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317-232-1836
Fax: 317-233-3599
Email: ipacinfo@ipac.in.gov (please note, this email address goes to IPAC staff, NOT a local prosecutor)


Chris Naylor
Executive Director