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Development of Utah Road and Highway Laws                                                        J. Stahl
State of Deseret
Utah Territory
• Preemptions, townsites and subdivisions
• Road dedications by plat
Utah statehood
• State land grants
Road case study

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements                                                     J. Stahl
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

Eminent Domain Law                                                                                                    J.C. Smith
Understanding eminent domain powers                                                                                 C. Preece
• Source of eminent domain powers
• History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
• Types of eminent domain “takings”
Just compensation: valuing “taken” property
Privatization of eminent domain and other current issues

Participating in the Condemnation Process                                                         J.C. Smith
Condemnation process for government use                                                                           C. Preece
Hearing and right of appeal
Valuing the property taken
Condemnation process for utility and other quasi-public use


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Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
6.5 PDHs

6.5 CLE Credits

Utah Title Insurance Producers
6.0 CE Hours


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to Utah professional engineers and land surveyors. The Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Board does not preapprove courses or providers of continuing education.

This webinar has been evaluated and approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 6.5 CLE credits.

This webinar has evaluated and approved by the Utah Insurance Department for 6.0 title continuing education hours for title insurance producers.

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Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Clayton H. Preece

Partner at Smith Harvigsen PLLC

Mr. Preece has established himself as a prominent figure in litigation and appeals, construction law, employment law, municipal and local government issues, real property and land use, and municipal employment law. Representing businesses, government entities, and individuals, Mr. Preece has successfully handled commercial litigation cases, provided legal guidance in construction and natural resources matters, and navigated complex municipal and local government issues. Mr. Preece’s expertise has earned him recognition within the legal community. He has been repeatedly acknowledged as a “Rising Star” in Litigation by Super Lawyers and listed as part of the Utah Legal Elite.

J. Craig Smith

Partner at Smith Harvigsen PLLC

J. Craig Smith has more than three decades of experience as an attorney, in which he has successfully handled a number of complex water disputes, land use disputes, takings claims, and other issues. He has argued over 30 appeals to the Utah Supreme Court. Mr. Smith has represented public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, represented numerous water users in successful settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and won appeals for municipalities and water entities before the Utah and New Mexico Supreme Courts. His most notable projects include securing the water rights for Duchesne City through an act of Congress, successfully entitling and securing water rights for a multimillion-dollar resort in Kane County, and creating the first municipal natural gas utility in Utah.

John B. Stahl

President of Cornerstone Professional Land Surveys, Inc.
John B. Stahl is a professional land surveyor and president of Cornerstone Professional Land Surveys, Inc. has been involved in land surveying, engineering and related fields since 1976, specializing in boundary retracement and boundary dispute resolutions and litigations. He is licensed in the States of Utah and Montana. In addition to the operation of his business, Mr. Stahl serves as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College where he lectures 54 hours per year on the fundamental elements of Land Boundary Law. Mr. Stahl was formerly the instructor for the Land Survey Mathematics and Ethics & Liability Courses. He also participates annually in Boundary Law Seminars for the National Business Institute (NBI) and HalfMoon Education. He is also a member of the Utah Council of Land Surveyors (UCLS) serving as its chair in 1992. Mr. Stahl takes an active role in education and legislative concerns of the profession.

Mr. Stahl provides expert witness services and assistance to attorneys, title companies, developers and land owners. He can assist with the necessary title research, historical research and analysis of land boundary or title problems. His insight and expert application of legal principles affecting the location of boundary lines or the rights, title or interests of property will provide an element of certainty necessary for knowledgeable, informed decisions. Mr. Stahl can provide input and assistance in the litigation process in the preparation of complaints, responses, interrogatories, and requests for production. He can prepare surveys, reports, affidavits and exhibits necessary for presentation in the courtroom.

Mr. Stahl has over 27 years of experience and involvement in the land surveying profession. He will utilize his years of experience and knowledge in the field of land surveying as well as more than 15 years of business ownership to meet the land surveying needs of his clients. He keeps abreast of current events within the profession to further the education of the public and career students. His background enhances projects through the proper analysis and determination of boundary locations and encroachments, and their impact upon rights, title and interests.