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 – 4:40 pm

Determining Land Boundaries

   Obtaining and interpreting land descriptions

      • Understanding different types of legal descriptions

   Understanding 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)

      • Resolving boundary disputes

Exploring the 2011 ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey

   Development of the 2011 ALTA Land Title Survey

   Surveying standards and standards of care

   Records research

   Field work

   Plat or map

   New Table A

Locating and Understanding Easements and Rights of Way

   Understanding the legal nature of easements

      • Common law of easements

      • Easements in gross, easements appurtenant, prescriptive easements

   Understanding private easements

      • Written easements, easements by necessity, easements by use

      • Creation, duration and location of easement

   Understanding highway rights-of-way

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

   Overview of regulations restricting access to and use of surface water and groundwater

Boundary Disputes

   Types of boundary disputes

      • Adverse possession, easements, boundaries

   Obtaining and reviewing boundary evidence

   Methods for establishing disputed boundaries

   Evaluating dispute resolution techniques

      • Litigation, arbitration, mediation, agreements, title insurance


     8.0 New York CLE Hours

Land Surveyors & Engineers
     6.5 Contact Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs*. This traditional format course offers 8.0 Areas of Professional Practice CLE hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

HalfMoon Education is approved as a continuing education provider by the New York State Education Department/State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (NYSED Sponsor No: 35). This event provides up to 6.5 contact hours (PDHs) to New York land surveyors and 6.5 contact hours to engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available at the seminar for those who attend the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

*HalfMoon Education will provide financial hardship assistance to New York attorneys who wish to attend this event. Contact Doug Chapman at for details.


Matthew Noviello

Principal in Noviello & Noviello, Esqs. and Principal in Matthew A. Noviello, P.E., L.S. in Carmel, NY
Mr. Noviello is an attorney-at-law, a professional engineer, and land surveyor who enjoys teaching. He has taught real property law, survey law and, more recently, alpine skiing. Mr. Noviello received his Master of Engineering degree, his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, with honors, and his AAS degree in Engineering, all from Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his juris doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. Mr. Noviello has maintained a professional engineering firm and a general practice law firm since 1984, and he has practiced land surveying since 1991, with ten years in industry and six years in government. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Noviello is a New York and Connecticut licensed land surveyor. He holds law licenses in New York State Courts, US Supreme Court, Federal Court for the Southern District of New York, and Federal Court for the State of New Jersey.