Ohio Election Law 2020.1
July 29, 2020, Richfield, Ohio

The Academy of Continuing Legal Education presents a program July 29, 2020, Wednesday. This program will provide information on the statutory requirements of Ohio election law, and an update on Federal and Ohio court decisions affecting Ohio election law for the November 3, 2020, Presidential election. The program will include up-to-the-minute Federal court orders, amendments to Revised Code Title 35 and the most current Secretary of State Directives and Advisories. This program has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Office of CLE, for 6.5 hours of CLE credit, including four hours of general CLE and 2.5 hours of Professional Conduct, and has been applied to the Secretary of State of Ohio for credit for attending the first 4 hours of this program, for Board of Elections member and director Additional Instruction as required by the Secretary of State. This credit is in addition to, but does not substitute for, the mandatory "new members instruction" provided by the Secretary of State.

A decision will be made in June, 2020, as to whether the program will proceed as a "live" in-person activity, or will be modified to provide a remote electronic interactive activity. The Academy requests that persons intending to register, budget now for the Registration fee, but do not submit the Registration fee until June. Any person intending to participate is welcome to submit a completed registration form at any time, which will held by the Academy until the decision on the final format of the program is announced.

The July 29 program includes:

Recent Legislation, Secretary of State Directives, and Advisories discussing General Assembly actions affecting election law, possibly including requirements for Voter Registration; Early Voting and Absentee Voting, including in-person and mail-in voting. This material will be presented by Aaron Ockerman, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Elections Officials. It is anticipated that this will include legislation adopted through the projected end of the General Assembly session on June 30 or as extended.

Court Decisions Affecting Ohio Election Law is presented by Deborah A. Dawson, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the Stark County Prosecuting Attorney. This is an evolving area of Ohio law, in which Ms. Dawson has participated in litigating cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio. Ms.Dawson will present current developments in Ohio and Federal courts as of the date of the program. An interactive discussion with some of the participants in these cases will be encouraged.

Campaign Finance, Campaign Practices, and the Ohio Elections Commission is presented by Philip Richater, Executive Director of the Ohio Elections Commission. This sectionn will describe campaign finance rporting requirements and methods, the processes for determining violations of campaign finance law and election law practice, and the authority of the Ohio Elections Commission.

These three sections, for which the Secretary of State has been requested to approve credit for the Board of Elections instruction requirement, will all be presented before the lunch break, so that attendees who do not have an interest in the attorney "Professional Conduct" presentation will be done at 1:20 PM.

The mandatory "Professional Conduct" two-and-one-half hour requirement for Ohio attorneys is presented, in two afternoon sections of 90 minutes and 60 minutes, by Linette M. Stratford, Chief Assistant Prosecutor for the Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney, and adjunct faculty member of Youngstown State University. Ms. Stratford will present updates of "Disciplinary Isssues for Attorneys Who Hold Public Office" and "Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing County, Township, and Local Government Agencies" These sections are intended to provide continuing guidance for attorneys in public service, as the professional responsibilities of public service continue to evolve.

A course outline is available here.

The seminar location is "Venue South" at the Richfield Conference Center, in the Days Inn, 4742 Brecksville Road, Richfield, Ohio 44286, on Route 21 immediately south of the Ohio Turnpike exchange with Interstate Route 77, between Cleveland and Akron.

The Days Inn has made a limited number of rooms available at a group rate. These rooms may be reserved by calling (330) 659-6151, by July 15, 2019, and indicating "Academy of.C.L.E. Seminar" group.   information about the hotel…

Price for the six and one-half hours of CLE is $225.00, for registrations paid by July 20, 2020. Late registrations, received on or after July 20, are $250.00, to cover the expense of reproducing additional sets of the course materials at an expedited cost. Non-attorney election officials who will not be attending the "Professional Conduct" portion, may register by July 20 for $170.00. This reduced rate applies to EARLY REGISTRATION ONLY. ALL registrations received July 21 or later will be accepted at the late registration fee of $250.00.

A discounted fee, for Early Registration ONLY, is available for attorneys and election officials representing small-county governments, described online here.

The Registration fee includes electronic reporting of CLE attendance to the Supreme Court of Ohio, Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Pending approval of this program by the Secretary of State, the Registration fee also includes electronic reporting of attendance to the Secretary of State for Board of Elections credit, if requested by the attendee. If an attendee requests additional communications or documents to enable that attendee to apply for credit for attending this program with any other State or agency, there is an administrative charge of $50.00 per other State or agency for which communications or documents are requested.

No provision is available for attorney registration for less than the full 6.5-hour block. Attendance will be monitored in compliance with the rules provided by the Ohio Supreme Court. For additional information on registration, email AcademyofCLE@aol.com.

A Registration form that you may download, print, and postal mail
to the Academy with your check, is online here:

OHIO ELECTION LAW 2020.1 - Outline and Registration Form

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