LEA ONE – The Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
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Bruce-Alan Barnard, JD, LLM

Bruce-Alan retired from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as an award-winning Senior Legal Instructor in January 2018 and founded LEA ONE where he is currently the Director.  Bruce-Alan received a B.S. in Adult Education with High Honors from Southern Illinois University and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Florida. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Auburn University and an advanced law degree (LL.M.) from the University of Alabama.  Upon graduating from high school, he joined the United States Navy for ten years conducting covert electronic surveillance on various fast-attack submarines in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets.  Bruce-Alan was certified as an instructor and was designated “Master Training Specialist” during a tour as an instructor at the Naval Submarine School.  He was honorably discharged to attend law school. After completing law school, Bruce-Alan was commissioned as a JAG and served ten years in the United States Air Force. In addition to prosecuting cases, he was certified as an USAF Instructor by AETC and taught at the US Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School.  Bruce-Alan was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting cases in the Middle District of Alabama.  He retired from the Air Force in the permanent rank of Major in 2007 and accepted a position as a Legal Instructor at FLETC in Glynco, Georgia. At FLETC, he was responsible for curriculum development and was the subject-matter expert for Search and Seizure Law and Electronic Surveillance Law.  Bruce-Alan was certified to teach every legal course at FLETC and has provided training to over 30,000 law enforcement officers.  Bruce-Alan is a member of the Florida Bar, the Florida Association of Police Attorneys, IACP (Legal Section), IADLEST, ILEETA, and NSA.  He is INCI certified by IADLEST and frequently writes for law enforcement periodicals and is often requested to present at conferences. Bruce-Alan also host the podcast Broadcast Blue providing timely legal updates to law enforcement officers.

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Poppi Ritacco, JD, LLM

Poppi Ritacco received her B.A. degree from Carleton College and her law degree (J.D.) from Harvard. She also has an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in Criminal Law from the University of Buffalo. Poppi was a certified FLETC Senior Legal Instructor.  An award-winning instructor, she taught every course in the legal block in all four FLETC Basic programs. Poppi was also the Chief Editor for the FLETC Legal Handbook.  Prior to FLETC, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General in Washington D.C. Poppi is a member of the Massachusetts and Washington D.C. bars.

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Jim McAdams, JD

Jim McAdams is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, and a member of the Florida Bar. Before retiring from the United States Department of Justice in 2006, he spent 34 years in the federal court family, first as a United States Probation Officer in Miami, Florida, and then nearly 26 years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of Florida (SDFL). While an AUSA Jim served in the appellate and criminal trial divisions of the SDFL and in 1988 was appointed by the United States Attorney as Chief of the Narcotics Division for the SDFL. He was one of the four AUSA’s who prosecuted Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega. In 1992, Attorney General William Barr appointed him as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed him in 1994 to be the law enforcement chairman of the Joint Intelligence Community & Law Enforcement Task Force and to serve as her Counsel for Intelligence Policy in which position, he oversaw the DOJ’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Program. For nearly 12 years from 2007 to 2019, Jim served as a FLETC Senior Legal Instructor where he was certified to instruct literally every legal course taught by FLETC.  He also maintained the lesson plan and was primarily responsible for curriculum development in Electronic Surveillance Law.

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John W. Seaman, JD

John received his B.A. degree from Augusta State University Augusta, Georgia and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia. After law school he joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His Army experience included prosecuting Courts Martial cases and serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). After serving in the Army, he began working as an Assistant District Counsel for the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service. The I.N.S. subsequently became Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security. While serving with the I.N.S. and I.C.E., he represented the government in immigration proceedings before the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review. He most recently served as a Senior Instructor and Attorney-Advisor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. He is a subject matter expert in every legal topic taught by FLETC including: Constitutional Law, Federal Criminal Law, and Federal Court Procedures. John is a member of the Georgia and Arizona bars.

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Gary Ainley, JD

Gary Ainley received both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Gary then received his Juris Doctor from Akron University. After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Gary became a Special Agent with the IRS (CID). He spent years investigating narcotics cases, money laundering cases, and asset forfeiture cases. He retired as a Special Agent in 2002 and was rehired to serve as a Senior Instructor in the Legal Division at FLETC until his retirement in 2011. Gary is a subject matter expert in every topic taught by the FLETC Legal Division including: Constitutional Law, Search and Seizure Law, Self-Incrimination, Federal Criminal Law, and Electronic Law and Evidence.

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Brian Iten, JD

Brian Iten is a police agency legal advisor for a west central Florida law enforcement agency of over 650 sworn officers. Since March of 2019, he has provided classroom instruction – on a part-time basis – to state and local police officers at the National Computer Forensic Institute in Hoover, Alabama. Brian served as a Circuit Court Judge for over 3 years in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit, where he presided over a multitude of bench and jury trials, in both the felony and civil divisions. For the 21 years preceding his appointment to the bench, Brian was a state prosecutor in Manatee County, Florida. During his tenure as a prosecuting attorney, Brian regularly lectured to local police agencies, with a primary focus on search and seizure, and taught at seminars sponsored by the Institute of Police Technology and Management, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, and the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He has tried over 100 criminal cases, including sexual batteries, armed robberies, and homicides. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at both State College of Florida and Manatee Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy.

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