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 – 4:00 pm

Understanding Metes and Bounds Terminology

   Measuring distances in the past and present

   Measuring angles

      • Bearings

      • Azimuth

Writing Metes and Bounds Legal Descriptions

   Establishing the point of commencement and the point of beginning

   Understanding bearings and azimuths

   Describing angles and distances

   Closing the description

   Handling special situations: arcs, chords, curves, etc.

   Metes and bounds description workshop: writing two sample descriptions

Sketching Metes and Bounds Descriptions

   Finding the point of commencement and the point of beginning

   Understanding azimuths and bearings

   Drawing angles and distances

   Closing the description

   Drawing arcs, chords and curves

   Sketching workshop: sketching two sample metes-and-bounds descriptions

Software Tools to Assist Real Estate and
Legal Professionals in Land Mapping, Description and Location







     6.0 Oregon CLE Hours

Engineers & Land Surveyors
     6.0 PDHs

     6.0 AAPL CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Oregon State Bar MCLE Board has approved this seminar for 6.0 general CLE hours for attorneys.

This activity offers 6.0 PDHs to Oregon professional engineers and land surveyors to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Oregon.

The American Association of Professional Landmen has approved this program for 6.0 RL, RPL or CPL recertification credits, 0.0 ethics credit, and 0.0 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.


Earl Morriss

Mackay Sposito

Survey Manager at Mackay Sposito in Federal Way, WAMr. Morriss is a Professional Land Surveyor in Washington. As a land surveyor Mr. Morriss has more than 35 years of experience, and he is considered an expert in boundary, easement and title issues. He is currently the survey manager for the Federal Way, Washington, branch office of Mackay Sposito. Mr. Morriss also has a law degree and over the last several years he had a law practice which focused on real property disputes and land title issues. He is an active member of the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington (LSAW), serving as the 2014 president. Mr. Morriss received his B.S. degree in Urban Studies from Georgia State University and his J.D. degree from Seattle University School of Law. He has made continuing education presentations related to boundary law, boundary adjustments, legal descriptions, easements, and water law, to both attorneys and land surveyors.