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October 18, 2017 Lacey Community Center 

Pacific NW License, Tax & Fraud Association (PNLTFA) 2017 Fall Training:

Join us for a day of legal updates and learning what various parts of the crimnal justice system affect you! For tickets and additional information click the following link: 2017-pnltfa-fall-training-tickets

First, Steve Beltz from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) will provide an overview of the services of the NICB. While technically not a government agency, they are very closely aligned with the missions of investigators at all levels of government in the effort to fight fraud, typically with efforts focused on private insurance companies, with ties to local law enforcement agencies.

From their web page: The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is a not-for-profit organization that receives support from nearly 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. The NICB partners with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution of insurance criminals.

The vision of the NICB is to be the preeminent organization fighting insurance fraud and crime.

Afterward, Patricia Todd with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (ATG) Torts Unit will provide a brief overview of the role we play in criminal investigations, and how we can be protected from both frivolous and serious lawsuits surrounding your job.

This is a must-attend for any state agent who makes decisions every day in their job that could impact individuals, companies or other persons who seek services managed or administered by the State of Washington, and how you can seek their assistance should you become named in a lawsuit.

After lunch, we will have another presentation from the Attorney General’s Office, this time from Andrew Hamilton, who works with the Criminal Justice Unit. He will discuss how to build a successful criminal case and what common mistakes to avoid.

From their web page:

The Office of the Attorney General will provide excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.

AGO Vision: The Office of the Attorney General will be the best public law office in the United States.

AGO Values: We will deliver high quality legal services and remember that we serve the people of Washington. We will conduct ourselves with integrity, professionalism, civility, and transparency. We will promote a collegial, diverse and inclusive workplace that values, respects, and supports our employees.

Finally, we will wrap up our day in court with Thurston County Superior Court Judge James W. Dixon, who will provide a short presentation and then a Q&A session on preparing for testifying in criminal court, and tips on how to testify both for direct and cross examination. Judge Dixon will also discuss report writing, areas to focus on, common mistakes to avoid and tips for making the report a stronger document for court.

From their web page: Thurston County Superior Court is a state trial court of general jurisdiction situated in Thurston County, Washington.

This court has state-wide jurisdiction and hears major criminal matters (felonies), civil cases including cases involving real property, domestic relations matters, appeals from lower courts (Thurston County District and Municipal Courts), and appeals from state administrative agencies.

Thurston County’s Superior Court has eight full-time elected judges who sit on all matters and three Superior Court Commissioners who sit primarily in Family & Juvenile Court and on domestic relations and domestic violence cases.

If you attended the Conference, we are looking for your feedback! What did you like? What can we improve? What would you like to see at future conferences? Please send your comments to