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Thursday, September 15, 2022
8:30 am – 4:40 pm EDT (including a 60-min. break)


Presented by
Michael B. Davis

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

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

Avoiding, Identifying and Resolving Ethical
Issues in Land Transactions and Disputes
Conflicts of interest: identifying your client
What duties do you owe, and to whom do you owe them?
Do you need to maintain confidentiality, and for whom?
Complying with your professional responsibility for honesty and truthfulness
Practicing only in areas of competence
Ethical solicitation of business
Taking referrals from other professionals


 Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
8.0 PDHs

Land Surveyors:
8.0 CE Hours

Title Insurance Agents:
8.0 CE Hours



Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar and webcast are open to the public and are designed to offer 8.0 continuing education hours to licensed engineers and 8.0 continuing education hours to professional land surveyors in Virginia.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has approved this course for 8.0 continuing education hours for title insurance agents and adjusters.

This course has been submitted to the Virginia MCLE Board of the Virginia State Bar for evaluation and accreditation. Course approval is currently pending.

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Attendance will be monitored and completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (quiz only applies to online participants; multiple attempts allowed).


Michael B. Davis

Professional Land Surveyor with Dewberry

Mr. Davis is a professional land surveyor in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, with over 30 years of experience. This varied experience includes small individual boundary surveys, surveys for both commercial and residential land development projects, ALTA Land Title Surveys, and surveys for long range transportation projects, including rail and highway. In addition, Mr. Davis is an adjunct faculty professor at the Community College of Baltimore County in the Surveying/ Civil Engineering program. Classes taught include Elementary Surveying, Survey Computations, Topographic Mapping, Sediment Control and Hydrology, and Storm Drain Design. In 2016, Mr. Davis was awarded the Russell E. Lowman Memorial Educational award from the Maryland Society of Surveyors for his contribution to the education of surveyors.