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Presenter: Charles McFarland and 4 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Log Into Webinar:                7:30 - 8:00 am
Morning Session:                8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Boundary Law
A. Smith

   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, maps, statements and testimony
   Resolving boundary disputes

Accommodating Surface Use and Mineral Rights
A. Smith

   History and development of severed mineral rights
   Rights to mineral access and development
   Entering into surface use agreements
   Resolving disputes between mineral and surface owners

Land Use Law
J. Vinson

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

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
C. McFarland

   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
J. Stuckey

   Understanding the legal concept of easements
      • Types of easements: easements in gross and easements appurtenant
   Creating easements
      • Express and implied
   Terminating easements
   Understanding conservation easements

Ethical Issues in Land Transactions and Development
C. Wilson

   Preventing conflicts of interest
   Exercising professional judgement and the appropriate standard of care
   Acting within the scope of experience/expertise

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Texas Professional Land Surveyors:
     8.0 Continuing Education Hours,
     Including 1.0 Rules/Ethics Hour

Texas Professional Engineers:
     8.0 PDHs,
     Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is approved by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for 8.0 continuing education hours. It contains 1.0 hour of ethics content.

This course offers Texas professional engineers 8.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend and participate in the entire event and who pass the quiz (80%) that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Charles McFarland

Attorney & Principal at McFarland PLLC, Houston, TX

Mr. McFarland has extensive experience representing landowners whose private property is taken by the government for public use. His primary focus is highway and road widening projects impacting retail, commercial, industrial, and special-use properties. He is a frequent speaker, panelist, and author on topics relating to eminent domain and condemnation law and is the Texas member of Owners’ Counsel of America, an invitation-only national network of leading eminent domain and property rights attorneys.

Audra B. Smith

Attorney & Founder at Audra Smith Law, El Campo, TX

Ms. Smith is an attorney based in Wharton County, Texas. Her practice focuses on a wide variety of agricultural issues, especially those involving cattle. She additionally spends a significant portion of her time on oil and gas title examination, farm and ranch transactions, and real estate litigation. Ms. Smith also assists clients with estate planning, probates, and business planning needs. Ms. Smith is a graduate of El Campo High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Science from Texas A&M University in 2009, and received her doctor of jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 2014. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2014 and is also admitted to the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Smith is a member of the Wharton County Bar Association, formerly serving as president, and she is a member of the Texas Bar College.

Joe W. Stuckey

Attorney at Law, Rosharon (Houston), TX

Mr. Stuckey practices primarily in corporate, real estate, and environmental law, including transactional work and litigation. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Stuckey is admitted to the practice of law in all Texas courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Claims Court. He is also licensed in Texas as a professional engineer and a registered public land surveyor.

Jonathan G. Vinson

Attorney & Partner at Jackson Walker, Dallas, TX

Mr. Vinson focuses his practice on all areas of land use, including representation of a wide variety of developers, property owners, and corporate, non-profit and individual clients in zoning, planning, municipal law, and economic development incentives matters. His practice includes representation before city councils and planning and zoning commissions on zoning changes, special use permits, and planned development districts, including “form-based” zoning and mixed-use projects, and before boards of adjustment on variances and special exceptions. He also counsels clients with regard to land use entitlements and permitting issues, land use due diligence, and a very wide variety of other land use and municipal law issues. Mr. Vinson enjoys working on a wide variety of land use and municipal law issues. He especially enjoys the challenges and complexities of development and redevelopment projects in denser settings, especially mixed use and higher density multifamily projects.

Charlie Wilson

Attorney at Baker Moran, Plano, TX

Mr. Wilson is an associate with Baker Moran. He represents electric utility companies, pipeline companies, cities and landowners in all facets of the right of way acquisition, from the initial negotiations through litigation. Mr. Wilson also represents parties to real estate transactions and property disputes involving fraud, breach of warranty, property damage, negligence, nuisance, trespass and other property-related matters.

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.