Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch (On your own):         12:30 – 1:30 pm
Afternoon Session:             1:30 – 4:30 pm

Boundary Law                                                                                            B. Savage 

   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 and maps, statements and testimony
   Methods for resolving boundary disputes 

Understanding Riparian and Water Rights                                               B. Savage  

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

Land Use Law                                                                                             C. Bain  

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

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law                                               E. Cope  

   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                                                                               S. Blink  

   Understanding the legal concept of easements
      • Types of easements 
   Creating easements
      • Drafting easements 
   Terminating easements
   Understanding conservation easements 


Civil Engineers &
Professional Engineers
     6.5 HSW PDHs

Land Surveyors
     6.5 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW PDHs to civil and professional engineers in Tennessee. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.

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

Civil and professional engineers and land surveyors seeking continuing education credits in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in many cases. Refer to specific 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.


Cleveland Bain

West Nashville Law Group

Founding Partner, West Nashville Law Group
Mr. Bain assists clients in navigating the legislative and administrative approval process involving land use and zoning within the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, as well as across the Middle Tennessee region. His expertise includes annexation, land zoning and platting, easements and rights-of-way, historic preservation, deed restrictions and subdivision controls, and condemnation and eminent domain, including inverse condemnation actions. In addition to his land use planning practice, Mr. Bain also specializes in construction law. He works with homeowners, business owners, architects, engineers, and contractors regarding construction contracts and breach of contract disputes, change orders, and general documentation preparation. Before starting the practice of law, Mr. Bain owned and operated a residential and commercial construction company in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sam Blink

Member, Blink Law, LLC

Managing Member, Blink Law, LLC
Mr. Blink is the managing member at Blink Law, LLC, a boutique business law firm based in Nashville. He focuses his practice on real estate, contracts and business planning and structure. Prior to opening Blink Law, he worked for Burke Costanza and Carberry in Northwest Indiana. He also has experience in the litigation department of Anthem Insurance and working for Justice David of the Indiana Supreme Court. Mr. Blink graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he was an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Review. When he isn’t working, he enjoys golfing, fishing, camping and hiking with his lovely wife Katherine and their two dogs, Norris and Topanga.

E. Cope

Hudson Reed & McCreary, PLLC

Partner, Hudson Reed & McCreary, PLLC
Mr. Cope advises businesses and government in matters ranging from corporate governance, employment law and risk management, to eminent domain/condemnation litigation. He also maintains an active divorce and child custody practice. Mr. Cope is admitted to practice in Tennessee state court as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern districts of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2012, Mr. Cope was appointed to a six-year term on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) by Governor Bill Haslam. He presently serves as chairman of the commission. THEC is the coordinating body for Tennessee’s 51 public colleges, universities, and technology centers, which collectively educate approximately 245,000 students. Mr. Cope graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Trial Advocacy and served as a member of the Moot Court Board. While in law school, Mr. Cope clerked for the Honorable Robert L. (Butch) Childers, judge of the Circuit Court of Tennessee at Memphis.

Barry 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. 

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