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

   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

   Resolving boundary disputes

State and Federal Site Contamination Law

   Discovering existing soil and/or groundwater contamination

   Understanding applicable rules and regulations

   Understanding liability issues

   Exploring remediation and brownfield redevelopment

Land Use Law

   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

   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

   Understanding the legal concept of easements

      • Types of easements

   Creating easements

      • Drafting easements

   Terminating easements

   Understanding conservation easements


     6.5 North Dakota CLE Credits
     6.5 Minnesota CLE Credits

Professional Engineers
& Land Surveyors
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 AAPL CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The North Dakota Commission for Continuing Legal Education has approved this seminar for 6.5 CLE credits for attorneys. The Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education has approved this program for 6.5 standard CLE credits for attorneys.

HalfMoon Education is approved as a continuing education provider by the North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs to land surveyors and engineers to whom the topic is professionally relevant.

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

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.


Brian Balstad

Balstad Law Firm

Mr. Balstad graduated from law school in 2003 with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota. While attending law school, he served as a law clerk with a student limited practice license in North Dakota and Minnesota, and after acquiring his license to practice law, he practiced as an attorney for a regional law firm in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. As a law clerk and attorney, Mr. Balstad gained experience in land use, planning, zoning, municipal law, business law, family law, estate planning, probate, and real estate law. As a land use and zoning supervisor in Minnesota, he acquired valuable experience in every aspect of land use, planning, and zoning. Mr. Balstad interpreted, implemented, and enforced the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance on a daily basis. He prepared proposed revisions to the Zoning Ordinance; established and revised implementation and enforcement procedures; reviewed and processed zoning permit, conditional use permit, and variance applications; and performed many other land use, planning, and zoning tasks. After working as an environmental, health, and safety manager for an ethanol company, Mr. Balstad returned to the practice of law in 2014, establishing the Balstad Law Firm. He is currently pursuing his Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) through the University of Florida, which is in the top 10-15 percent of the MURP planning programs in the nation.