Held at the Tucson El Conquistador Golf Resort, with its breathtaking views of Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalina Mountains, this year's conference was a success on all fronts. Conference goers were enlightened regarding restrictions that Investigators are likely to face in the near future when making public-record requests (for those who didn't attend, Investigators do not fall into the category of a "commercial enterprise" for purposes of FOIA requests), and Rich Robertson emphasized the importance of not backing down when confronted with this excuse for denial of their request. Difficulties confronting the Private Investigator-Security Guard Hearing Board and issues surrounding reciprocity were also discussed.
Non-Verbal Communication proved to be a lively topic, with trial and jury consultant, Rosalind Green, pointing out that this is one area where a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. She gave attendees pointers on prepping witnesses for trial.
The well-attended Forensics Panel provided insight into the finer points of fingerprint analysis, questioned documents and ballistics by three experts in these fields.
Some thorny questions were examined in the Ethics course, in which attorney Criss Candelaria pointed out that it is considered mandatory to report unlawful requests made by attorney-clients.
Investigator and marketing guru, Christine Burke, lit many fires when she pointed out the essential (and free) marketing tools that all investigators should be taking advantage of.
APSA offered its Certified Process Server course, worth 6 of the 10 CE units required of process servers each year. Those who wanted something a little different were able to take Spanish for Survival in the Field.
Each of the topics was well-received, the speakers being at the top of their respective fields. Networking, exchange of ideas and information crucial to our industry combined with the beauty of the surroundings (and the much cooler temperatures) made this year's conference a winner.
Pusch Ridge, near the base of the Santa Catalina mountains.
The view from a 2nd floor room at Hilton El Conquistador.
Attorney Criss Candelaria posed Ethics issues.
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