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Agenda:

Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:00 pm


Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (And on the Ground)
T. McMann

   Interpreting land descriptions
      • Metes and bounds
      • Lot and block
      • Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions
   Applying principles of boundary location
      • Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence:
        documents, physical evidence, people, surveys
      • Locating the described land on a map
      • Locating the described land on the ground
   Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)
   Solving land description and boundary location problems


Understanding Michigan Surface Water and Groundwater Rights 
S. Kelley

   Practical and legal foundations for surface water and groundwater rights
   Riparian, other access, and public rights on the Great Lakes and inland waters
   Determining upland and bottomland boundaries and the scope of riparian and other access rights
   Private property rights and the public trust doctrine
   Determining rights to groundwater
   Groundwater use, withdrawals, and discharges of and to groundwater


Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession 
N. Guttman

   Defining trespass
   Reviewing the history of adverse possession
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
      • Statute of limitations
      • Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession
   Examining recent adverse possession cases


Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way
D. Sullivan

   Current law on utility rights of way
      • Federal laws and regulations
      • State laws and regulations
   Types of utilities affected
      • Electric, water, natural gas, telecommunications, satellite communications
   Basis for and definition of the easement
   Encroachments and interferences
   Maintenance
   Environmental issues
   Condemnation law
   Current issues involving utility easements


Resolving Boundary Disputes 
J. Lombardo

   Types of boundary disputes
      • Adverse possession, easements, boundaries
   Obtaining and reviewing boundary evidence
   Methods for establishing disputed boundaries
   Participating in dispute resolution techniques
      • Litigation, arbitration, mediation, agreements, title insurance
   Examining boundary dispute case studies:
      exploring techniques for resolving sample disputes

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Attorneys
     Michigan: Non-Credit CLE
     6.0 Ohio CLE Hours 
     6.0 Indiana CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
     6.0 CE Hours

Professional Surveyors
     6.0 CE Hours


Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to Michigan attorneys. The Ohio Commission on CLE and the Indiana Office of Admissions and CLE have each approved this seminar for 6.0 CLE hours.

This seminar offers Michigan professional engineers and professional surveyors 6.0 continuing education hours. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Michigan.

Professional engineers and surveyors seeking continuing education in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

Speakers:

Nickolas M. Guttman

Zausmer, August & Caldwell, P.C., Farmington Hills, MI

Mr. Guttman’s practice focuses on business and real estate transactions, municipal law, eminent domain, and real property law. He has represented various clients in land acquisition and disposition matters, including the use of eminent domain and the negotiation of purchase agreements, leases, and other commercial agreements. He also contributed to the American Arbitration Association’s Handbook on Arbitration Practice. Mr. Guttman earned his undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Broad College of Business before attending Wayne State University Law School.

Stephen M. Kelley

Stephen M. Kelley, P.C., St. Clair Shores, MI

Mr. Steve Kelley was admitted to practice in Michigan in 1981. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and its Environmental, Insurance and Indemnity, and Appellate Law sections, and he is a past member of the Surface Water/Groundwater Committee of the Environmental Law Section. Mr. Kelley also is a member of the American Bar Association and its Environment, Energy & Resources, Litigation, and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice sections. He served as chair of the Environmental & Energy Policy Committee of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce (now Detroit Regional Chamber) for three years. He has been named a Michigan SuperLawyer each year since 2008 and was elected a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Admitted to all Michigan courts, he practices statewide from his office in St. Clair Shores.

Jake Lombardo

Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean, Grandville, MI

Mr. Lombardo focuses his practice in the areas of business law, real estate, and intellectual property. He has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, having tried numerous cases at both the state and federal level, as well as successfully defending appeals to both the Michigan and United States courts of appeals. He has represented clients ranging from small startups to multi-million dollar entities and understands how to properly analyze and serve a wide range of client needs. Mr. Lombardo understands that litigation can be a confusing, uncertain, and sometimes scary experience. Accordingly, he places a premium on keeping his clients prepared and informed throughout the litigation process. Mr. Lombardo received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, having been a recipient of the school’s prestigious law school fellowship.

Trevor A. McMann, PS, PSM, PE

Metro Consulting Associates (MCA), Plymouth, MI

Trevor McMann is a senior project manager for Metro Consulting Associates (MCA), a full service consulting firm specializing in land surveying, civil engineering, municipal, GIS, land acquisition and ecological services. MCA’s headquarters is located in Plymouth, Michigan, but MCA services midwest and national clients. Mr. McMann attended Michigan Technological University, from which he graduated with dual bachelor of science degrees in Surveying and Civil Engineering. He received his first license as a Michigan professional land surveyor in 2003, and he received his Michigan professional engineering license in 2006. Since then, he has obtained professional surveying licenses in ten states: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. With over 20 years of experience, he has reviewed land descriptions and performed boundary surveys on projects varying from route surveys to ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. His experience even includes surveying private claims and the 10,000 acre tracts in the Detroit, Michigan, area.

Devin R. Sullivan

Zausmer, August & Caldwell, P.C., Farmington Hills, MI

Mr. Guttman’s practice focuses on business and real estate transactions, municipal law, eminent domain, and real property law. He has represented various clients in land acquisition and disposition matters, including the use of eminent domain and the negotiation of purchase agreements, leases, and other commercial agreements. He also contributed to the American Arbitration Association’s Handbook on Arbitration Practice. Mr. Guttman earned his undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Broad College of Business before attending Wayne State University Law School.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.