Private Counsel Acting in a Prosecutorial Capacity
Mark Bennett, District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District, Wichita
Ron Paschal, Deputy District Attorney, Ethics Coordinator for the Eighteenth Judicial District, Wichita
This presentation will cover the spectrum of issues facing an attorney who agrees to serve, even part time, as a prosecutor. Topics will include ethics rules specific to prosecutors, conflicts of interest, discovery, grants of immunity, use of an inquisition, the subpoena power, national prosecution standards, prosecutorial discretion and the scope of a prosecutor’s immunity and how to lose it.
Before his election to the position of District Attorney in 2012, Marc was a Deputy District Attorney and served in the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for 15 years supervising the trial division that encompassed the prosecution of sex crimes, human trafficking, domestic violence and elder abuse. Marc completed his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University. He is the past president of the Kansas County and District Attorney’s Association (KCDAA) the former Sex Crimes Section Chief for the association and the current Homicide Section Chief. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC), the Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center, The Kansas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board (HTAB) and the National District Attorney’s Association. He is an appointee to the Kansas Prosecutor’s Grievance and Ethics Committee. Mr. Bennett has made presentations to the Kansas Legislature, the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, The FBI Annual C.O.D.I.S. symposium in Washington, D.C., the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, the Mid-States Homicide Investigator’s Association regarding Sexual Homicide, Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas, and the Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Ron Paschal is a practicing trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience. During his many years with the Office of the District Attorney, Mr. Paschal has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases from Domestic Violence Battery to First Degree Murder. He is a frequent lecturer on topics including legal ethics, trial advocacy and juvenile justice and has served as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and as a lecturer for the National District Attorneys Association. Mr. Paschal was selected by his peers as 2007 Prosecutor of the Year in Kansas. He has served on the Supreme Court Task Force on Permanency Planning since his appointment to the task force in 2004 by Chief Justice Kay McFarland. Mr. Paschal is also a long standing member of the Wichita Bar Association Grievance and Ethics Committee and Chairman of the statewide Prosecutor’s Grievance and Ethics Committee for the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator. Ron is the Co-Chair of the ABA Professionalism/Ethics Committee for the Criminal Justice Section. He is past president of the Child Advocacy Center for Sedgwick County and serves as a Board Member for Team Justice, the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board to the Sedgwick County Commission. While in private practice, Ron has represented district court judges in professional responsibility matters and has represented numerous lawyers before the Kansas Board of Discipline.
Mr. Paschal is currently Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District where he serves as Ethics Coordinator and supervises the Juvenile Offender/Child in Need of Care Division.