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Presenter: J.D. Kesler and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-581-1000

This seminar is closed or full.


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 - 4:30 pm

Boundary Law 
Justin Riley

   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 and maps, 
        statements and testimony
   Methods for resolving boundary disputes

Understanding Riparian and Water Rights 
J. Craig Smith

   History and development of riparian rights
   Determining land boundaries near the water line
   Determining access rights to surface waters
   Determining rights to groundwater
   Overview of regulations restricting access to and use of 
      surface water and groundwater

Land Use Law 
J. Craig Smith

   Understanding land use law
       • Comprehensive planning
      • Subdivision platting 
      • Zoning
      • Restrictive covenants/deed restrictions
      • Traffic/parking 
      • Nuisance
   Handling land use approvals
      • Plats
      • Re-zoning, including PUD, PD, SUP, CUP
      • Variances 
      • Special exceptions
      • Interpretations/appeal of staff decisions
   Administrative appeals

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law 
J.D. Kesler

   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
   Understanding regulatory “takings” and inverse condemnation

The Law of Easements 
J.D. Kesler

   Understanding the legal concept of easements
      • Types of easements
   Creating easements
      • Drafting easements
   Terminating easements
   Understanding conservation easements

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

This seminar offers 6.5 CPE hours to
Utah professional engineers and land surveyors.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing professional education to professional engineers and land surveyors in Utah. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Utah.

Professional engineers and land surveyors seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this event, 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.


J.D. Kesler

Attorney and Shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer

Mr. Kesler is an attorney and shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City. His practice focuses on matters in the energy, mining, utility, and real estate development industries. Mr. Kesler joined the firm after nearly six years in-house at a natural gas company with divisions focused on oil and gas exploration, local natural gas distribution, and interstate pipelines. Mr. Kesler represented the company on issues related to real estate litigation and transactions, eminent domain, land use and entitlements, public lands, oil and gas leasing and royalties, and general corporate matters.

Justin H. Riley, Esq.

Managing Member of Cutler Riley, PLLC

Mr. Riley is a managing member of the real estate, business, bankruptcy and estate planning law firm, Cutler Riley, PLLC. He holds an advanced law degree with distinction in real estate laws, a law degree from South Texas College of Law - Houston, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University. Mr. Riley specializes in the areas of real estate finance, development and transactions; business formation and contracts; collections; Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies; and wills, trusts and estate planning. His 13 years of real estate experience include complex matters involving real estate litigation, purchase and sale, securitization, leasing, finance, title, environmental law, taxation, investment, development, zoning, permitting, subdivision, land use, common interest communities, construction defect, and mechanic’s and construction liens. Mr. Riley is licensed in and has practiced in the States of Utah and California representing individuals and business owners, municipalities, local utility districts, property managers, condominium and home owner associations as general counsel as well as in collections across many of the western states.

J. Craig Smith

Partner, Smith Hartvigson, PLLC

Mr. Smith has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, during which he has successfully handled a number of complex water disputes, land use matters and takings claims. He has represented public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, represented numerous water users in successful settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and won appeals for municipalities and water entities before the Utah and New Mexico Supreme Courts. His main areas of practice include water law and litigation, land use law and litigation, redevelopment law and eminent domain and takings.

Tuition Costs:

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

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