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Presenter: Mary Hazelwood Barkley and 5 more

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Log into Webinar:                7:30 - 8:00 am CDT
Morning Session:                8:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Break:                                 12:30 - 1:30 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 5:30 pm CDT

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements
J. Myers

   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 
   Maintaining easements
   Knowing when and how to terminate easements
   Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction

Eminent Domain Law

M. Barkley

   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

K. Wright

   Condemnation process for government use
   Hearing and right of appeal
   Valuing the property taken
   Condemnation process for utility and other quasi-public use

Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way

L. Gunter

   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
   Environmental issues
   Condemnation law
   Current issues involving utility easements

Understanding Riparian and Water Rights

B. May

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

Ethical Issues in Land Access and Development

R. M. Oliver

   Land: a finite, depletable resource
   Extent of private rights in land
   Conflict with rights of the public
   Ethical issues in agriculture, water use, mineral access and development

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Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Landmen
  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

     8.0 Texas CLE hours
       (1.0 Ethics)
     TBLS Pending

     TBLS Approval Pending

Professional Engineers
     8.0 PDHs (1.0 Ethics)

Land Surveyors
     8.0 CE Hours

     AAPL Approval Pending

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public. The State Bar of Texas has approved HalfMoon Education as a CLE provider for attorneys. This course offers 8.0 CLE hours, including one ethics hours.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for attorney and paralegal approval, which are pending.

This seminar offers 8.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Texas professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval.

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveying has approved this webinar for 8.0 CE hours for land surveyors.

Halfmoon Education has applioed to the American Association of Professional Landmen for course approval, which is pending.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Completion certificates will be available to participants who complete this webinar and successfully complete the quiz (80% score) that follows the presentation. Multiple attempts will be allowed.


Mary Hazelwood Barkley

Mary Hazelwood Barkley is a partner at Cantey Hanger LLP, where she has worked for the past 13 years and specializes in real estate litigation, including eminent domain. Ms. Barkley represents both condemning authorities and landowners in easement matters, regulatory takings, inverse condemnation, and statutory condemnation both at trial and on appeal.

Lora Gunter, J.D., SR/WA

Lora Gunter, J.D., SR/WA is the Texas director of right of way at Volkert, Inc. Prior to joining Volkert in the fall of 2019, she was the Right of way project delivery director for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), where she oversaw the department’s statewide right of way acquisition portfolio. She implemented the policies and procedures for right of way project delivery activities, including oversight of right of way acquisition manuals. Ms. Gunter oversaw the ROW Division legal group, which was responsible for compliance with and interpretation of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations (including the Uniform Act). Her legal career began in 2001 at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, where she represented TxDOT in eminent domain matters across the state. She has also worked as a right of way attorney for TxDOT and handled various matters involving property acquisition and real property disposition. Ms. Gunter has also worked in the legal private sector representing large public utility companies in condemnation proceedings and other real property matters.

Bryan J. May

Bryan J. May is an oil and gas attorney at Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C., with the unique industry expertise of a landman. He has performed all aspects of onshore land work for domestic exploration and production companies and holds the certified professional landman designation from the American Association of Professional Landmen. Mr. May’s clients benefit from his experience managing operated and non-operated oil and gas assets and his experience negotiating oil and gas leases, right of way agreements, water rights agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and production sharing agreements, and conducting acquisition and divestiture due diligence. Mr. May is a member of ADAM Energy Forum, the Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen, the Energy and Real Estate Sections of the Tarrant County Bar Association, and the Energy Section of the Dallas Bar Association.

Jason B. Myers

Jason B. Myers is a partner in the Dallas office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He is a commercial attorney, author, and speaker skilled in the areas of real estate and finance. His client-driven approach stems from having spent approximately half of his nearly 25-year career as a client himself. His in-house legal and business roles, coupled with his wide-ranging transactional experience, enable Mr. Myers to team with his clients to offer a thoughtful, multi-perspective, problem-solving approach to meeting their business objectives.

R. Mark Oliver

R. Mark Oliver is a principal at Brown Pruitt Wambsganns Dean Forman & Moore, P.C. His practice centers on oil and gas, energy and water law, as well as having a more broadly based litigation and transaction practice. He primarily represents landowners, service companies and operators in oil, gas, energy and water matters across Texas in the Barnett field around Fort Worth, The Eagle Ford field in South Texas, and the Permian Basin in West Texas, along with the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and the other developing shale plays throughout the country concerning a wide variety of transactions and litigation involving land and mineral ownership. He also represents oilfield service companies with a wide range of oil, gas, energy and water issues.

Kenneth A. Wright

Kenneth A. Wright is the founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wright. He has over 38 years of experience protecting the rights of property owners against the exercise of eminent domain. Mr. Wright is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is one of the few board-certified attorneys in the state of Texas practicing eminent domain and condemnation law. He has been selected by Woodward/White, Inc. as one of Texas’ Best Lawyers in eminent domain and condemnation law every year from 2008-2020. Mr. Wright is a frequent speaker and lecturer to attorney groups on eminent domain and condemnation law and has contributed to numerous legal publications in the field. He has served as an expert witness, mediator, consultant, and special commissioner in condemnation matters. Mr. Wright served as the chair of the Eminent Domain section of the Center for American and International Law’s Annual Program on Planning, Zoning, and Eminent Domain from 1996-2010 and is a member of the Attorney-Mediators Institute.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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