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 B. Savage
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 B. Savage
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 C. Bain
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
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law E. Cope
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 S. Blink
Understanding the legal concept of easements
• Types of easements
• Drafting easements
Understanding conservation easements
Who Should Attend
Civil Engineers &
7.0 HSW PDHs
TN Course Approval Pending
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW PDHs to civil and professional engineers in Tennessee. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.
Civil and professional engineers and land surveyors seeking continuing education credits in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in many cases. Refer to specific rules to determine eligibility.
HalfMoon Education has applied to the Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors for course approval, which is pending. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for the most current information under this course listing.
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.
Cleveland D. Bain
Founding Partner, West Nashville Law Group
Mr. Bain assists clients in navigating the legislative and administrative approval process involving land use and zoning within the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, as well as across the Middle Tennessee region. His expertise includes annexation, land zoning and platting, easements and rights-of-way, historic preservation, deed restrictions and subdivision controls, and condemnation and eminent domain, including inverse condemnation actions. In addition to his land use planning practice, Mr. Bain also specializes in construction law. He works with homeowners, business owners, architects, engineers, and contractors regarding construction contracts and breach of contract disputes, change orders, and general documentation preparation. Before starting the practice of law, Mr. Bain owned and operated a residential and commercial construction company in Nashville, Tennessee.
Managing Member, Blink Law, LLC
Mr. Blink is the managing member at Blink Law, LLC, a boutique business law firm based in Nashville. He focuses his practice on real estate, contracts and business planning and structure. Prior to opening Blink Law, he worked for Burke Costanza and Carberry in Northwest Indiana. He also has experience in the litigation department of Anthem Insurance and working for Justice David of the Indiana Supreme Court. Mr. Blink graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he was an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Review. When he isn’t working, he enjoys golfing, fishing, camping and hiking with his lovely wife Katherine and their two dogs, Norris and Topanga.
E. Evan Cope
Partner, Hudson Reed & McCreary, PLLC
Mr. Cope advises businesses and government in matters ranging from corporate governance, employment law and risk management, to eminent domain/condemnation litigation. He also maintains an active divorce and child custody practice. Mr. Cope is admitted to practice in Tennessee state court as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern districts of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2012, Mr. Cope was appointed to a six-year term on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) by Governor Bill Haslam. He presently serves as chairman of the commission. THEC is the coordinating body for Tennessee’s 51 public colleges, universities, and technology centers, which collectively educate approximately 245,000 students. Mr. Cope graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Trial Advocacy and served as a member of the Moot Court Board. While in law school, Mr. Cope clerked for the Honorable Robert L. (Butch) Childers, judge of the Circuit Court of Tennessee at Memphis.
Barry Savage, PLS
Survey Products Group Manager with Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN
Mr. Savage is currently manager of the Survey Products group at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to his service at TVA, he was in private survey practice for 10 years specializing in dispute resolution and expert witness services. He has surveyed several disputed state boundaries to resolve jurisdictional conflicts. Mr. Savage is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State Community College where he teaches courses in boundary law, geodesy, GIS, and surveying fundamentals. He has researched and retraced the historical surveys of Henry David Thoreau and has published several articles on the subject. Mr. Savage teaches exam review and continuing education seminars at various state and local conferences across the country. He has served as director of production for Cook and Spencer Consultants in Chattanooga. Mr. Savage was senior designer at Psi Consulting Engineers where he worked on structural and environmental design. He was also a survey supervisor at Whitfield Engineering in Dalton, Georgia. Mr. Savage received his B.S. degree, with high honors, in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Tennessee at Martin.