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Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30 - 5:30 pm
Understanding basic principles of boundary law
• Determine the intent of the grantor
• Follow the steps of the original surveyor
Evaluating boundary evidence
• Legal descriptions, natural monuments, artificial monuments,
adjoining boundaries, surveys, maps, statements and testimony
Resolving boundary disputes
Accommodating Surface Use and Mineral Rights
History and development of severed mineral rights
Rights to mineral access and development
Entering into surface use agreements
Resolving disputes between mineral and surface owners
Land Use Law
Understanding land use law
• Comprehensive planning
• Subdivision platting
• Restrictive covenants/deed restrictions
Handling land use approvals
• Re-zoning, including PUD, PD, SUP, CUP
• Special exceptions
• Interpretations/appeal of staff decisions
• Administrative appeals
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Understanding eminent domain powers
• Source of eminent domain powers
• History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
• Types of eminent domain “takings”
Participating in the condemnation process
Appealing a condemnation decision
Understanding regulatory “takings” and inverse condemnation
The Law of Easements
Understanding the legal concept of easements
• Types of easements: easements in gross and easements appurtenant
• Express and implied
Understanding conservation easements
Ethical Issues in Land Transactions and Development
Preventing conflicts of interest
Exercising professional judgement and the appropriate standard of care
Acting within the scope of experience/expertise
William M. (Bill) Coleman
Coleman & Associates Land Surveying, Denton
Mr. Coleman is a registered professional land surveyor and a geographic information systems professional, and he founded Coleman & Assoc. Surveying in 1983. He graduated from the University of North Texas in August 1999 with a B.S. degree in Geography. Mr. Coleman has served as adjunct faculty at North Lake College in Irving and North Central Texas College in Corinth. He has been an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors since 1977 (director, 1989-1992 and 2005- 2008). Mr. Coleman has served on the board of directors of the Geographic and Land Information Society (2009-2018), the GIS Certification Institute (2012-2018), Denton County Historical Commission (2011-2016) and several others. He was elected Denton County Surveyor from 1986 to 1989. A certified Texas master naturalist, Mr. Coleman served on the Board of Directors of the Elm Fork Chapter and is currently a Trustee for the Texas Historical Tree Coalition.
William S. Dahlstrom
Jackson Walker, LLP, Dallas/Fort Worth
Mr. Dahlstrom combines the practical knowledge learned as a professional land planner with his legal training to provide a most unique approach to land use matters. He focuses his practice on all areas of land use and incorporates a planning problem solving process in land use and land development issues. Mr. Dahlstrom has spoken at numerous seminars on land use law, including programs at the University of Texas School of Law Land Use Law Conference, State Bar of Texas Advance Real Estate Law Course, CLE Eminent Domain Conference, TXAPA Conferences, and The Institute for Local Government Studies Short Course. He was named as a Fellow in the College of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2014. Mr. Dahlstrom was also a former adjunct faculty member for “Legal Issues in Sustainable Development” at the Southern Methodist University-Lyle School of Engineering.
Baker Moran Doggett Ma & Dobbs, LLP, Plano
Mr. Doggett represents public and private clients in real property litigation, with an emphasis on condemnation, inverse condemnation, mineral disputes and other land use conflicts. He has over 29 years of litigation experience, as an assistant attorney general and private practitioner, in matters involving utilities, highways, educational and research institutions, entertainment and sports venues, airports and agribusinesses. Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Doggett was a real estate broker and appraiser, with oil and gas, and land management experience. He offers his clients a unique perspective, having represented parties as plaintiffs and defendants in various civil cases. Mr. Doggett received a J.D. degree in 1990 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Michael E. Ma
Baker Moran Doggett Ma & Dobbs, LLP, Plano
Mr. Ma is a founding partner with the law firm of Baker Moran Doggett Ma and Dobbs. He represents clients in a variety of property related matters and focuses on eminent domain litigation including all aspects of land acquisitions from negotiations through condemnation. With the increased development and growth in North Texas, coupled with the demand for the associated infrastructure in Texas, clients have also looked to him for representation in other property related matters such as complex land acquisitions, sub¬station acquisitions, appearance at public meetings in conjunction with new projects, and general litigation. Mr. Ma is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has an international business background with executive managerial experience. He has also been selected to “Rising Stars” by Texas Super Lawyers from 2013-2017.
Freeman Mills PC, Dallas
Mr. Slagle is an oil and gas attorney who primarily represents upstream clients in their exploration and production operations. His oil and gas practice focuses on the full range of transactional matters that E&P companies face, and he regularly reviews, drafts, and negotiates oil and gas leases, instruments of conveyance, surface use agreements, purchase and sale agreements, escrow agreements, salt water disposal agreements, master service agreements, and other related documents. Additionally, he examines oil and gas title and renders acquisition, drilling, and division order title opinions. Mr. Slagle received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Texas A&M University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Slagle is licensed to practice law in Texas and West Virginia.
Kristina Weber Silcocks
Foley & Lardner LLP, Austin
As a member of the Government Solutions Practice and Austin Litigation Team at Foley & Lardner LLP (formerly Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP), Ms. Silcocks focuses her practice on civil litigation and government-related matters. She primarily focuses on eminent domain and inverse condemnation, representing both condemning authorities and property owners, having represented clients in over 250 Special Commissioners’ Hearings and in over 25 condemnation and inverse condemnation jury trials. Ms. Silcocks also has extensive experience handling civil litigation, including contract, employment, and tort cases. She is well-versed in other government-related issues, including open records laws, contract procurements, bid protests, environmental disputes and other regulatory issues with a variety of state and local agencies. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Ms. Silcocks spent 15 years in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas primarily representing the Texas Department of Transportation, including the last five years as chief of the Transportation Division.