APAAC 2017 Summer Training Conference

Hotel Information


Arizona Grand Spa

APAAC $100 Spa
Treatment Specials


50 minute Massage




Special APAAC Rate
$40+tax per player



On-site Dining

Lobby Bar



Lobby Grill



Marketplace Cafe



Oasis Bar & Grill



Oasis Water Park



Conference Schedule
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Conference Sponsors




Due to limited seating, the 2017 APAAC Annual Prosecutor Conference will give registration preference to full-time Arizona prosecutors from State, County and City prosecution offices.  Registration is capped at 500 attendees.  APAAC will provide a complimentary hotel room at the conference site for up to 400 attendees.  An additional 100 people may register to attend without a complimentary hotel room.  The conference registration fee of $119.00 applies to all attendees - regardless of whether they receive a complimentary hotel room.  APAAC will not reimburse either mileage or meal costs for any attendee.

All registrations MUST be done online using the links provided below.

Registration will close no later than April 15, 2017.  Please note that registration will close prior to April 15, 2017, if APAAC receives 500 conference registrations before that date.

Registration and other fees:  
$119.00 fee if you register by March 31, 2017.

$144.00 fee if you register from April 1–15, 2017.

$45.00 Guest ticket for Awards Luncheon. (This is an optional cost.  Ticket price is based on actual cost of the lunch.)

Your registration is not complete until APAAC receives your payment.  Once you complete the online registration, APAAC will email you an invoice within seven business days, with options to pay online or to mail a check.  When full payment of your registration fee and Guest lunch ticket (if applicable) is received by APAAC, a confirmation will be emailed to you.  The payment deadline is May 1, 2017.

No Shows, Cancellations and Refunds
Conference cancellations must be submitted via e-mail to Elizabeth Ortiz at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and received by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2017, to qualify for a refund of your registration fee and any guest ticket for the Awards Luncheon. Cancellations received after April 30, 2017, are not eligible for a refund.

Hotel room cancellations must be submitted via e-mail to Elizabeth Ortiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and received by 5:00 p.m. on June 10, 2017.  If you
requested that APAAC reserve you a hotel room, but neither check-in to the hotel on the scheduled date nor cancel your hotel reservation in writing to Elizabeth Ortiz by June 10, 2017, you will be charged for the entire cost of the hotel room and tax for the scheduled stay.

Hotel Reservations

APAAC will provide a complimentary hotel room at the conference site for up to 400 attendees.  An additional 100 people may register to attend without a complimentary hotel room.  The conference registration fee of $119.00 applies to all attendees - regardless of whether they receive a complimentary hotel room.  APAAC will not reimburse either mileage or meal costs for any attendee.

APAAC will make your hotel reservations for you if requested during the registration process.  The cost of the hotel room and tax will be billed directly to APAAC for the two nights of June 21-22, 2017. Upon checking in, the hotel will ask you for a credit card to cover any incidental costs you may incur. ALL conference attendees (including attendees who reside in Maricopa County) may request a hotel room at APAAC’s expense for the nights of June 21-22, 2017.  When you register for the conference, you will be asked to provide APAAC with the necessary information to make your hotel reservation.  If you would like to stay additional nights either before or after the conference, APAAC will make the hotel reservations for those nights; however, you will be responsible for that cost at the rate of $135.00 per night plus tax.

Awards Luncheon
The Awards Luncheon is a plated lunch which is included in your registration fee.  At registration you will be asked to select your lunch option or indicate you do not wish to have a lunch. 

You may bring a Guest to the Awards Luncheon at a cost of $45.00, which will be added to your conference registration invoice. 

Please note that payment of both your $119.00 conference registration fee and the $45.00 Guest lunch ticket (if applicable) must be received by APAAC no later than May 1, 2017.  Guest lunch tickets may not be added after you complete the registration process and will not be available for purchase at the conference. 

There will be an opportunity to inform APAAC of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have, such as vegan or gluten free, on the registration form. 

If you have any questions regarding the menu, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Iniguez-Reyna at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 602-542-7208.  The menu will be:

Mixed baby greens, Roma tomato wedges, shaved cucumber, julienne carrots, herb buttermilk dressing

Option 1 - Herb Seared Chicken Breast, Anson Milles polenta with spinach & slow roasted tomatoes, roasted baby carrots & Romesco sauce

Option 2 - Grilled Vegetable Ravioli
Grilled Asparagus and Sweet Peas, Tomato and Kalamata Olive Crudo


Option 1 - Lemon curd fruit tart with fresh berry coulis

Option 2 - Dark Chocolate Bombe with mascerated berries


Conference registration fees are not reimbursable.

APAAC is not able to reimburse for any travel related expenses. 


CLE Credit
This conference may qualify for up to 10 hours of sponsored CLE. 


General Sessions



Steven J. Twist
Vice President and General Counsel
Services Group of America

Shawn Fuller, Assistant AZ Attorney General


From disclosure to trial, this presentation will discuss the ethical pitfalls that prosecutors face on a daily basis.  Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: how to avoid Brady violations; how to ethically comply with the Victim's Bill of Rights; how to make ethical charging decisions; and how to avoid ethical mistakes at trial.  


Blaine Gadow, Assistant AZ Attorney General

This session would address the substance and manner of making objections in court.  Too often, prosecutors do a poor job making objections at trial because they (and the court) don’t understand the nuances and law behind trial objections.  Do you know the difference between Argumentative and Assumes Facts not in Evidence?   Between objecting to a compound question and questions calling for narrative answers?  Do you know when experts may speculate and when they may not, and when to object to their background or experience?  Can you figure out which part of a long question may be objectionable and which parts are not, and what to do if you don’t know?  What about if  you hear a question, you just KNOW it is objectionable, but you can’t decide on which ground to state your objection? This breakout session will try to explain those nuances and discuss the legal reasons behind the most common and useful trial objections.  We will also discuss the manner in which objections are made, and discover strategies to ensure that the court actually heeds your objection rather than simply overruling it and moving on.  Finally, we will discuss how to respond to bad defense objections, like the ever-favorite and mostly wrong “leading” objection


DAVID SIMPSON, Assistant AZ Attorney General

Lineups, showups, and eyewitness identifications are staples of TV dramas.  But how do they happen in real life?  What is the law governing eyewitness identifications?  And what do you need to do to get your eyewitness’s identification admitted in court?  This presentation will give a comprehensive review of the law governing eyewitness identifications, with a particular focus on the differences between federal law and Arizona law.  It will also explain the science behind accurate identifications and explore some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of eyewitness identifications in criminal trials.  


Jason Kalish, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney
Jonathan Mosher, Deputy Pima County Attorney

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.    JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.     Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, THE ARTIST  is set in Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. "The Artist" tells the story of their interlinked destinies.  What do these films have to do with prosecution?  Our all-star panel will discuss these films,  and talk about lessons you can learn from almost any medium to apply to your practice.  For example, we will discuss adopting the philosophy of Jiro to perfect the “little things” that you do daily in your practice.  Or how you shouldn’t be like George Valentin and refuse to adapt to new technologies. 



Breakout Sessions

Jon Eliason, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney
Informant testimony should be used with great caution. “A prosecutor who does not appreciate the perils of using rewarded criminals as witnesses risks compromising the truth-seeking mission of our criminal justice system.” United States v. Bernal-Obeso, 989 F.2d 331, 333-34 (9th Cir. 1993). Numerous studies report that informant testimony is the most common cause of wrongful convictions. During this presentation, Jon Eliason, Division Chief of the Special Victims Division at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, will discuss the ethics and pitfalls of using Confidential Informants.  He will describe the critical role informants often play in developing a case, identify potential hazards in informant testimony, and navigate the case law governing CIs. Jailhouse informants will be of particular note in the presentation and several practical tips and approaches to jailhouse informants will be given during the presentation. 


Beth Barnes, GOHS Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office

This presentation will focus on a review of new legislation, case law, and court rules impacting DUI/traffic cases. Helpful tips and reminders to assist the attendees with any issues raised by the new laws would also be provided.    


Alice Jones, Assistant AZ Attorney General
Diane Meloche, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney

This presentation will cover the nuts and bolts of Rule 32 proceedings in Arizona.  The focus will be on what prosecutors can do in Rule 32 proceedings to prevent future problems in habeas corpus proceedings in federal court.  Examples of recurring issues will be provided along with practice tips and suggestions on how to protect the record and ensure federal courts give deference to state courts’ decisions. 


Colleen Phelan, Pima County Attorney's Office Victim Advocate

Jonathan Mosher, Deputy Pima County Attorney

The process of building a successful prosecution often includes not only the analysis of evidence but a relationship with the victims. Investing in building this relationship is significantly easier with the assistance of Victim Advocates. This session will show how to build a successful team with Victim Advocates for better prosecutions.


Alison Ferrante, Assistant Gilbert Town Prosecutor
Casey Mundell, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney
Sam Caplinger, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney

What rights do minor victims have?  How do they extend to their representatives and for how long?  Do witnesses who are underage benefit from any protections as to their identity?  If not, what are other methods to protect them?  What are a victim's rights with regard to restitution in a juvenile case?  What happens when the juvenile ages out of the system?  This session will lead us through the maze of rules, case law, and procedure applying to those under the age of eighteen.


Reid Pixler, Deputy Maricopa County Attorney

This session will introduce you to the world of stored value cards or prepaid access devices and how they can be used both legally and illegally.  It will address how and why room keys, subway passes, consumed coffee cards, and library cards can be re-purposed to conceal as much as $100,000,000 per card.  It will address the Darknet and its relationship to criminal enterprise which is fueled by access to a worldwide financial network that defies International Law.  It will also address how these funds can be “captured” for refund to victims through the use of Civil Asset Forfeiture, regardless of the inability to identify those involved.  


Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney
Doug Bartosh, Cottonwood City Manager

This groundbreaking training, tailored to law enforcement and prosecutors, will bring home the experiences of the ultimately co-opted “guardians of the people” - local law enforcement - during the rise to power and distorted government of the German Third Reich, preceding and into World War II. A powerful reminder that, as Guardians of Justice, we must be ever vigilant of the proper use of our power.









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