Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 – 4:30 pm

Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (And on the Ground)

   Interpreting land descriptions

      • Metes and bounds

      • Lot and block

      • Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions

   Applying principles of boundary location

      • Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys

      • Locating the described land on a map

      • Locating the described land on the ground

      • Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)

   Solving land description and boundary location problems

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

   Maintaining easements

   Knowing when and how to terminate easements

   Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction

Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession

   Defining trespass

   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

Resolving Boundary Disputes

   Types of boundary disputes

      • Adverse possession, easements, boundaries

   Obtaining and reviewing boundary evidence

   Methods for establishing disputed boundaries

   Participating in dispute resolution techniques

      • Litigation, arbitration, mediation, agreements, title insurance

   Examining boundary dispute case studies: exploring techniques for resolving sample disputes

Understanding Riparian and Water Rights

   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


     6.5 Tennessee CLE Hours
     6.5 Arkansas CLE Hours
     Mississippi CLE Pending

Tennessee Insurance Producers
     6.0 General CE Hours

Tennessee Land Surveyors
     6.5 PDHs

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 AAPL CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and is approved by the Tennessee Commission on CLE for 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys. The course is also approved for 6.5 CLE hours for Arkansas. Credit approval is pending for Mississippi attorneys.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has approved this course for 6.0 general continuing education hours for insurance producers.

The Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors has approved this program for 6.5 PDHs.

This course offers 6.5 PDHs to Tennessee professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval.

The American Association of Professional Landmen has approved this course for 6.5 RL, RPL or CPL recertification credits and no ethics or CPL/ESA credits.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. 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.


Barry E. Savage, PLS

Survey Products Group Manager with Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN

Prior to his service at TVA, Mr. Savage 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.