As a result of recent health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, this seminar will also be offered as a live webinar.
Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements
What is and is not an easement
Reviewing state law on easements
Creating easements: easements by necessity, easements by use, written easements
Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross, easements appurtenant
and prescriptive easements
Knowing when and how to terminate easements
Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction
Creating and Managing Highway Rights-of-Way
Identifying potential rights-of-way
Negotiating and valuing easements
Rights included in right-of-way
Maintenance of right-of-way
Alterations and encroachments
Trespass, Adverse Possession and
Other Unauthorized Access to Land
Elements of civil trespass to land
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
Eminent Domain Law
Understanding eminent domain powers
• Source of eminent domain powers
• History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
• Types of eminent domain “takings”
Just compensation: valuing “taken” property
Privatization of eminent domain and other current issues
Participating in the Condemnation Process
Condemnation process for government use
Hearing and right of appeal
Valuing the property taken
Condemnation process for utility and other quasi-public use
Who Should Attend
- Land Surveyors
6.5 CLE Hours
and Land Surveyors
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public. The State Bar of California has approved HalfMoon Education as an MCLE sponsor, and this program offers 6.5 CLE hours to attorneys and paralegals.
This program offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California engineers and land surveyors. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance in California. Those seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state continuing education 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.
Murphy & Evertz Attorneys at Law
Mr. Grabske specializes in real estate and complex business litigation. His practice is focused on assisting landowners, businesses, and public agencies with eminent domain, inverse condemnation, contract disputes, land use and environmental issues. Mr. Grabske has successfully represented clients in high stakes trials and before the Court of Appeals. Mr. Grabske has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Los Angeles magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyer edition. Mr. Grabske’s eminent domain experience includes total and partial takings, inverse condemnation, loss of business goodwill, precondemnation delay, environmental contamination issues, emission permitting issues, access impairment, and right-to-take challenges. Mr. Grabske also assists clients with California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) matters.
Barbara E. Lichman, Ph.D.
Barbara E. Lichman, Ph.D., has an extensive and successful record representing airports, municipalities, developers, and other public and private clients in litigation and administrative proceedings under Federal Aviation statutes such as the Airline Deregulation Act and Airport Noise and Capacity Act; the California Public Utilities Code governing land use in airport environs (Aeronautics Act); and federal and state environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Clean Air Act, the Federal Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Coastal Act. She has also successfully represented clients in litigation involving land use issues such as inverse condemnation, development agreements and specific plan amendments. Dr. Lichman holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning.
Steven A. McKinley
Steven A. McKinley has been the managing partner at Freeland McKinley & McKinley since 2011, His trial court and appellate experience spans 40 years in easement law, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, real property, construction defect, real estate broker liability, land use, agreed boundaries, and adverse possession. Mr. McKinley is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and is a member of the California State Bar Association.
Pallamary & Associates of La Jolla
Mr. Pallamary is the president of Pallamary & Associates of La Jolla. He is a founding member of the Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards and a recognized expert on “Standard of Care” defenses and litigation matters. He is the author of The Curt Brown Chronicles, along with Lay of the Land and the co-author of Advanced Land Descriptions written with the late Paul Cuomo and the late Roy Minnick. Mr. Pallamary is also the co-author of History of San Diego Land Surveying Experiences with the late Curtis M. Brown. He writes two monthly columns for The American Surveyor magazine. One of his recent articles dealing with the United States Supreme Court decree on the boundary between the federal government and the State of California has generated considerable discussion regarding the proper methods to be employed in establishing water boundaries. Mr. Pallamary has performed numerous boundary surveys along the California coastline and is actively involved in contested matters from Coronado to Half Moon Bay. Mr. Pallamary established and mapped out littoral lines throughout Southern California, the majority of which are located in La Jolla, California. Mr. Pallamary has extensive experience as an expert witness in local, regional and federal courts testifying as to the preparation and interpretation of land survey maps, easements, water boundaries, and related areas of practice. He has testified in more than 75 trials and has been retained as an expert witness in more than 100 cases across the State of California. Mr. Pallamary has been in the land surveying profession since 1971 and he is a frequent lecturer at conferences, seminars and universities.
Douglas E. Wance
Douglas E. Wance is a shareholder and former chair of Buchalter’s Land Use Practice Group. Mr. Wance has built a cross-disciplinary practice involving land use and entitlements, water resources, environmental compliance, natural resources and public law through the representation of both public agencies and private businesses throughout California. He has handled all aspects of these substantive areas, from advising clients regarding the applicability of the law, to guiding clients through a permitting or entitlement process, or defending clients subject to enforcement actions. Mr. Wance has successfully represented businesses and public agencies in sophisticated financial, real estate, water resource, environmental compliance, and land development matters in court and before administrative agencies. His land use and entitlement background includes representation of residential developers, public entities, major industrial facilities, and other commercial businesses in all phases of project development before local and state agencies, city councils, and county board of supervisors. Mr. Wance has assisted clients in obtaining development and environmental permits and project approvals for power plants, schools, mixed use, and industrial development projects.