Institute of Law and Public Policy Seminars

Available Seminars

The following list of seminars are being offered by the Institute for Law and Public Policy. To read more information about the courses below, click the seminar title to expand the corresponding tab. You may register online to attend.

Please note that effective with our August 2018 series of seminars, the Institute will no longer seek approval for CLE course credits in West Virginia and Ohio, nor will the Institute report CLE credits to West Virginia and Ohio.

NOTE: In the event that seminars have to be canceled due to constantly changing pandemic issues, registrants will be notified of the cancellation and will obtain a full refund.

Law Enforcement Seminars

Criminal Investigations

Date: October 4, 2021 through October 8, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM

Seminar Location: Allegheny County Police Training Academy, 700 West Ridge Drive (North Park), Allison Park, PA 15101

Criminal Investigations

Allegheny County Police Training Academy in North Park
October 4-8, 2021 8:30am - 4:40pm

  • Computer and High Tech Crimes -- Special Agent Gregg Frankhouser FBI - Pittsburgh
  • Sex Assault Investigations -- (Child, Adult, and Special Victims). Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
  • Using Technology and Advanced Investigative Techniques -- Det. Lyle Graber, Allegheny County DA's Office
  • Forensics and Crime Scene Investigations -- Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
  • Search Warrants -- DDA Stephie Ramaley - Allegheny County DAs Office, Homicide Unit supervisor
  • Interview and Interrogation -- Chief Dennis Logan, Allegheny County DA's Office Investigations; Pittsburgh Police Homicide (ret.)
  • Social Media and Open Source Searching
  • Death Investigations (Natural, Accidental, Suicide, and Homicide)
  • Trial preparation and testifyting -- Assistant US Attorney Rob Schupansky (and former Deputy District Attorney)
  • Cross-examination and testifying. Michael Machen, Criminal Defense Attorney (former Chief Public Defender of Allegheny County)
  • Trial Roundtable -- Judge Cashman, Michael Machen, Criminal Defense Attorney, Rob Schupansky Assistant US Attorney
  • Media Relations -- Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police

(discount available if a combined invoice is requested)

Sex Assault Investigations Training

Date: October 13, 2021 through October 15, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Seminar Location: Allegheny County Police Training Academy, 700 West Ridge Drive (North Park), Allison Park, PA 15101

Sex Assault Investigation Training

October 13-15
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Allegheny County Police Training Academy in North Park

This course on sex assault investigations will cover a number of important aspects with a variety of speakers.  Topics will include victim interviews, child and elder sex abuse, drug-facilitated sex assaults, SANE nursing and sex assault kits, forensic interviews and physical exams of children, victim advocates, and the neurobiology of trauma.  Also; trial, search warrants, testifying and other legal issues to include deciphering the new SAFER Act will be discussed.

Class hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


  • Day One: Sex Assault Investigations
    • Overview and Investigations - Det. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
      • Statistics
      • Barriers to rape reporting
      • HIPPA
      • SAFER Act
      • Child and Elder Sex Assault
      • Other Investigative Techniques
        • Pre-text phone calls
    • Sex Assault Evidence Collection Kits ? Deb Shane, SANE RN, UPMC Mercy
  • Day Two: Sex Assault Investigations
    • Child SA Investigative Assistance ? Jamie Mesar, Director of Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital
      • Children Youth and Families, practice and protocol
      • Forensic Interviews
      • Physical Examinations
    • Working with Victims ? Megan Schroeder and Marissa Escajeda, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
      • Neurobiology of Trauma
    • Drug Facilitated Sex Assaults ? Jen Janssen, Allegheny County ME's Office, Toxicology
      • Toxicology
  • Day Three:  Sex Assault Investigations
    • Behavioral Oriented Interview - Det. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
    • Legal Issues ? Deputy District Attorney Jen DiGiovanni
      • Search Warrants
      • Charging and Criminal Complaints
      • Testifying and Courtroom procedure
    • Victim Testimony or Case Presentation