Institute of Law and Public Policy Seminars | PennWest California

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

Sex Assault Investigations

October 2, 2023 through October 4, 2023 - 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM at
Allegheny County Police Training Academy
700 West Ridge Drive (North Park), Allison Park, PA 15101

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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.


  • Day One: Sex Assault Investigations
    • Overview and Investigations - Det. Sgt. 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 - Rich DiBello and Lyndsey Craft of the Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital
      • Children Youth and Families, practice and protocol
      • Forensic Interviews
      • Physical Examinations
    • Victim Assistance
      • Working with Victims - Megan Schroeder, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
      • Neurobiology of Trauma
    • Drug Facilitated Sex Assaults -- Jen Janssen, Allegheny County ME's Office, Toxicology
      • Case Studies
      • 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

Criminal Investigations

October 30, 2023 through November 3, 2023 - 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM at
Allegheny County Police Training Academy
700 West Ridge Drive (North Park), Allison Park, PA 15101

The training will consist of five days, and the following topics will be covered:

  • Cell phones, computer and High Tech Crimes
    • cell and smartphones apps, location, stored data and more
    • dealing with computers
    • digital evidence
  • Sex Assault Investigations -- (Child, Adult, and Special Victims) Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
    • Rape
    • child sex assaults
    • special victims
    • victim advocates/SANE
  • Using Technology and Advanced Investigative Techniques Det. Lyle Graber, Allegheny County DA's Office
    • cell phones - includes warrants, apps, simple data retrieval (not forensic dump)
    • email - warrants and gathering information
    • Social Media - warrants and gathering information
    • Recording phone conversations in investigations (beyond just drug investigations)
    • Tracking devices
  • Social Media, Open Source, and Advanced Investigative Techniques
    • Facebook
    • Advanced Google searches
    • Twitter searches & other social media
  • Death Investigations
    • Homicide, Sucide
    • Natural Death, Accidental
    • Medico-legal death investigations
  • Forensics/Crime Scene Det. Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
    • Crime scene processing
    • available resources
  • Interview and Interrogation Chief Dennis Logan, Allegheny County DA's Office Investigations;  Pittsburgh Police Homicide (ret.)
    • Interviewing and Interrogation
  • Search Warrants DDA Stephie Ramaley
    • Search Warrant Construction
    • Affidavit of Probable Cause
    • Current Case Law
  • Trial preparation
    • Trial Preparation -- Assistant US Attorney and former Deputy District Attorney Rob Schupansky
    • 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, AUSA Rob Schupansky
  • Media Relations Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police


    • Judge David Cashman -- Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
    • Chief Dennis Logan
      • Pittsburgh Police Homicide (ret.)
      • Chief of Detectives Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
    • Asst. US Attorney Rob Schupansky
      • Crimes Persons, Child Abuse, and Homicide Units
      • former Deputy DA, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
    • Special Agent Gregg Frankhouser -- FBI - Pittsburgh
    • DDA Stephie Ramaley -- Homicide Unit, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
    • Det. Lyle Graber -- Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
    • Michael Machen, Esquire -- practicing criminal defense attorney for 29 years and former Chief Public Defender of Allegheny County
    • Lecturer and Program Coordinator: Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police

    discount available if a combined invoice is requested

  • Crime Scene Investigation

    November 6, 2023 through November 10, 2023 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at
    Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus
    1175 Conshohocken Road Conshohocken, PA 19428

    There will also be a University Certificate in Applied Forensic Sciences awarded to those that complete this course. Possessing this certificate is a great aid when testifying in court, and demonstrates that you are trained and proficient in forensic sciences.

    This course has been approved for either initial certification training hours, or Continuing Education/Professional Development credits for recertification by The IAI Crime Scene Certification Committee.

    **Course taken through CalU can be used towards credits for their Legal Studies Master's Degree with certain conditions

    MPOETC CLEE approved

    Each day of training will include a hands-on session in a different forensic discipline. All supplies will be provided.

    The training will consist of five days:

    • Day One: Crime Scene Processing, scene approach, management, trace and impression evidence; with hands-on exercises in casting footwear impressions as well as tool-mark impression creation and collection through casting
    • Day Two: Latent Prints, scene and lab processing; with hands-on exercises in the location and collection of latent prints on numerous surfaces with different techniques, collection of elimination prints, cyanoacrylate fuming and more
    • Day Three: Forensic Photography, equipment, techniques, digital imaging
    • Day Four: DNA, Touch DNA, presumptive testing, collection; with a hands-on exercise in presumptive tests as well as collection of biological substances and Touch DNA collection
    • Day Five: Death Investigation, and Blood Spatter with a hands-on Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Evidence

    The entire week to include the University Certificate from Pennsylvania Western University is just $495.
    A 10% discount is offered if an agency sends 3 or more people and 20% if 5 or more attend.

    The course is taught by Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp an active instructor and practitioner in forensics and criminal investigation.

    For further information contact the course instructor - Brian Kohlhepp (