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    2018
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    Feb
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

    Please join us on February 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm EST for a webinar on the complexity of  animal cruelty cases involving birds. Birds are the fourth most popular pet, yet how they experience abuse, suffering, and neglect may be unfamiliar to police and prosecutors, and even to humane law enforcement and veterinarians. 

     
    In this webinar, we examine the causes and signs of neglect, abuse, and suffering of captive exotic birds. We will also provide basic guidelines on how to evaluate the conditions of both the environment and the bird and their relevance to helping build a viable case. Please register HERE.
  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

    Traditionally, prosecutors and defenders are adversaries in the courtroom. In order to achieve the SJC goals of system-wide sustainable change, collaboration with all system actors is essential. However, broader criminal justice reform can often be difficult to achieve when dealing with traditionally opposing roles. Therefore, APA and NLADA have authored a joint publication entitled “Beyond the Adversarial System: Achieving the Challenge,” which stems from our April 2017 joint meeting that brought together SJC prosecutors and defenders from four jurisdictions. The goal of the publication is to provide prosecutors and defenders throughout the nation with effective strategies on how to collaborate and develop new ideas to address systemic criminal justice issues while still maintaining their traditional roles in the courtroom. Accordingly, the publication contains nine recommendations for prosecutors and defenders to foster beneficial and productive working relationships so that together, we can create meaningful and lasting change.

     

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  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

    During this no-cost webinar, Robert Hood, APA’s Director of the Community Prosecution & Violent Crime Division, and Julia Zukina, Project Attorney for the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Initiative, will introduce and discuss the soon-to-be released Prosecutor-Led Diversion Toolkit. The PLD Toolkit, developed in close partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is a set of online resources designed to help prosecutors and other criminal justice stakeholders develop new prosecutor-led diversion programming.


    During the webinar, the presenters will review the resources available as part of the PLD Toolkit, including draft documents from a number of jurisdictions, promising practices for sites interested in implementing their own diversion programs, and relevant research in the field of prosecutor-led diversion. They will also discuss how criminal justice practitioners can best utilize this new compilation of materials to better inform practices and programs within their respective jurisdictions.


    APA is seeking one credit of Continuing Legal Education credit from the State of Washington for this webinar and can help attorney attendees qualify this webinar for CLE credit in their own jurisdictions.

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  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018
    Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Houston, TX

    The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Child Abuse Prosecution Project will be presenting its Southern Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Houston, Texas.

    This two-day tuition free conference will feature nationally-known speakers and will showcase cutting edge workshops for child abuse prosecutors and their multi-disciplinary teams. This conference is co-sponsored by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Crisis Center Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.

     

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  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018

    1:00 pmOnline Webinar

    Veterinary forensics can play an important role in both animal and human related crimes. This webinar will discuss how animal cruelty investigations can support other types of cases. Topics will include the potential use of animal-related evidence and how it can be important to the investigation and prosecution of other types of crimes. Recognition of critical evidence, the application of human forensics and case discussion will be presented.

    Presenter: Dr. Melinda Merck, Owner, Veterinary Forensics Consulting

    Register Here

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

    Presented by Prof. Tom Lyon

    Research shows that most children understand the meaning and morality of truth-telling before they are four years of age, but even children much older routinely have difficulty with the predicate questions asked in court to qualify them as a witness.  Prof. Tom Lyon will discuss the research on the most sensitive means of questioning children regarding their understanding of both the meaning and importance of telling the truth in court.  This webinar will assist attorneys with practical implications supported by the research, and help attorneys and other allied professionals avoid common pitfalls.

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    04
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    2018
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    Jun
    2018

    Kansas City, MO

    Registration is now open for APA’s 2nd National Domestic Violence Prosecution Conference. Prosecutors of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. The conference will focus on three domestic violence related themes: trial tactics, victim issues, and staff management. APA’s expert faculty members will facilitate discussion and train participants on practical strategies and model practices.

    Highlights include:

      • Lethality Assessments
      • Working with Recanting Victims
      • Legal Aid and other Community Partners
      • Strangulation Protocols
      • Jail Calls, Social Media and Related Technology

    REGISTER

     

  • Wed
    20
    Jun
    2018

    3:00pm ETOnline Webinar

    Medical child abuse is a form of physical and emotional abuse that includes the exaggeration, fabrication, and induction of symptoms, resulting in excessive, unnecessary, and harmful medical care.  Investigating medical child abuse requires close collaboration within the Multidisciplinary Team to ensure the child’s safety while gathering evidence.  Drawing from actual cases, this training will explain Medical Child Abuse; detail investigative strategies used to identify and protect these vulnerable victims; and provide guidance on successful prosecution of this rather new form of child abuse.

    Register Here

  • Thu
    21
    Jun
    2018
    Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018
  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    1:00 pmOnline Webinar

    There is nationwide increased attention to animal cruelty and dog fighting due to a mounting body of evidence about the link between such acts and serious crimes of more narrowly human concern, including illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking, gambling, spousal, elder, and child abuse, gangs, bestiality, child pornography and more. This webinar will emphasize that while animal-cruelty issues were long considered a peripheral concern for law enforcement, that illusory distinction is rapidly fading. Animal cruelty is part of a larger nexus of crimes and the psyche behind them. People are at risk when animals are abused, and animals are at risk when people are abused. Taking animal cruelty seriously can lead to identification of other crimes involving humans.

    Presenter: Jessica Rock, Co-Founder, Animal Law Source

    Register Here

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018
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    12
    Jul
    2018
  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

    This presentation will allow the student to receive insight into how to conduct video reenactments with the use of dolls during child death investigations, and how these reenactments can be useful at trial. It will outline a step by step method of creating the video reenactment, and includes examples of videos depicting reenactments done by law enforcement in child death investigations. Emphasis is placed on how an autopsy begins at the scene in child death investigations, how to approach the caregiver of the child victim before conducting the reenactment, interview techniques, and exit strategies.

    Registration Link: https://meet651014435.adobeconnect.com/e2zfzliaso66/event/registration.html

  • Thu
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    02
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    2018
  • Wed
    15
    Aug
    2018

    3:00 pmOnline Webinar

    This presentation is designed for persons responsible for either conducting forensic interviews of children or prosecuting persons alleged to have committed child sexual abuse. The focus of the presentation is an in-depth examination of activities sexual offenders engage in to acclimatize a child to sexually abusive behaviors and the methods used to prevent children from disclosing the abuse.  Specific questions that can be utilized in the forensic interviewer and how prosecutors can utilized the information in court will be discussed.

    Register Here

  • Wed
    22
    Aug
    2018
  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018

    1:00pm ETOnline Webinar

    As if law enforcement and the communities they serve have not been dealing with a crisis recently, there is an even larger one seriously eroding public faith and profoundly affecting law enforcement/community relations. It is officers shooting family pets.

    When dogs are shot by law enforcement, it rips at the basic thread that holds law enforcement and the community together.  Today there are more than 80 million dogs living in 57 million U.S. households. Sixty-three percent of those households consider their dog a friend and family member. Chances are very high that law enforcement will encounter dogs in their daily interaction with the public. When a law enforcement officer kills or shoots someone’s dog, it deeply affects the family, as well as the officer, the neighborhood and the community.

    Presenter: John Thompson, Deputy Executive Director/COO, National Sheriffs’ Association

    Register Here

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    2018
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    2018
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    Sep
    2018

    Montclair, NJ

    The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Child Abuse Prosecution Project is pleased to offer our tuition-free 3rd National Prosecutors’ Summit on Child Abuse and Neglect. Join us in Montclair, New Jersey on September 25-27 for three days of instruction from leading experts in the field of child abuse and neglect on cutting edge topics employing the most current model practices for investigating and prosecuting cases of child abuse and neglect.

    These three days will consist of multiple tracks being available for prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, social workers, and other multi-disciplinary team members.

    This conference is being co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the New Jersey Children’s Alliance, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, and Montclair State University.

    MEETING LOCATION:

    Montclair State University
    1 Normal Avenue
    Montclair, NJ 07043

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:
    Room blocks have been secured at various hotels near Montclair State University, including:

    Holiday Inn Totowa (Rate: $115 plus tax; Group Code: APG)
    (973-785-9000)

    Courtyard by Marriott West Orange (Rate: $141 plus tax)
    Group Name: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
    (973) 669-4725

    The Wilshire Grand Hotel West Orange (Rate: $141 plus tax)
    Group Name: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
    (973) 731-7007

    Room blocks are limited so please make your reservation at your earliest convenience.

    Register Here

     

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    2018
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    2018
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    07
    Nov
    2018
    Fri
    09
    Nov
    2018

    8:00 amLouisville, KY

    Register Here

    Agenda

    In partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys will host the 8th National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference.

    The goal of this training is to provide prosecutors, law enforcement and allied professionals with the requisite skills to strengthen links between the criminal justice system and the community by protecting our most vulnerable victims and to enhance prosecutors’ ability to successfully identify and prosecute animal cruelty and animal fighting cases.

    There are scholarships available in the amounts of $500 for recipients who fly and $300 for recipients who drive that will be awarded to qualifying individuals. Applicants must have registered and booked their travel and accommodations before applying. Applications are due by September 24, 2018Click here to apply.

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    2018
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    2018
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    2018
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    13
    Dec
    2018

    1:00pm ETOnline Webinar

    Animal cruelty is more than just a legal issue, it’s a community issue. If you improve animal welfare in a community, you improve public safety for everyone. This webinar discusses why people are cruel to animals, why it is important for investigators to take animal abuse seriously, types of animal abuse, crime scene investigations, preparing a case for prosecution and the trial of an animal abuse case.

    Presenter: Jessica Rock, Co-Founder, Animal Law Source

    Register Here