10 Professional Development Hours, pending approval
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Seminar: Finding Case Law for Surveyors (4 PDH)
with Jay Doody, PS & PE, BSCE, MSEnv.Eng
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception in Exhibit Hall, Fill in Your Exhibitor Passport
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Seminar: The Role of the Land Surveyor: Adverse Possession and Acquiescence (4 PDH)
with Stephan Nix, Attorney at Law and Licensed Surveyor
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Seminar: Historical Ecology of Early Vermont Surveys (2 PDH)
with Charlie Cogbill, Forest Ecologist
You'll have three opportunities to visit exhibitors and fill in your Exhibitor Passport. If you visit them all, you'll be entered into a drawing for prizes including an Amazon Fire Tablet, a Vermont gift basket, and a $50 Visa gift card.
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Land surveyors must know the law. Vermont boundary law is rooted almost entirely in state statutes and regulations, and state case law. The purpose of this seminar is to learn how to find and evaluate online legal resources at our disposal and learn more about how to prioritize and weigh the results of our boundary law research. Some important legal principles of Vermont boundary law and their origins will be presented, including evidence, adverse possession and the rules of construction. We will also remind ourselves that knowing the law cannot be equated with practicing law.
Stephan Nix will discuss the land surveyor’s role and responsibilities in adverse possession and acquiescence cases. The discussion will compare and contrast the elements of adverse possession, acquiescence and other equitable claims to real property such as estoppel and laches. The discussion will also address the surveyor’s role in applying the doctrine of “practical location.” Practical location refers to the long held rule in boundary law that monuments in the field control over the mathematically calculated metes and bounds described in deeds and on plans. Common misapplication of the rule leads to the “pin cushion corner” and unnecessary litigation. Chief Justice Thomas M. Cooley’s “The Judicial Functions of Surveyors” will be reviewed as background for this discussion.
Paleo-botanist Charlie Cogbill will discuss the corner tree research he has conducted over the past three decades. Participants will learn what the forests looked like before Europeans arrived, and subsequent changes in species and the forest structure over time. The presentation will discuss historical maps and compare them with today’s forests, providing vital insights into the forests of our future and informing the work of land surveyors today.
Jay Doody is retired from the Connecticut Department of Transportation after 35 years. He has taught various surveying-related subjects in the Civil Engineering program at Central Connecticut State University for over 25 years. He is presently teaching “Boundary Law” and “Introduction to GPS and GIS Mapping.” He has presented professional development seminars on a variety of topics over the years, including tidal surveying, GPS post processing, title searching, professional development, ethics for engineers and surveyors, legal research and Connecticut surveying history.
Mr. Doody is a CALS, NYSAPLS and VSLS member working on the professional development and scholarship committees. He was awarded the CALS Surveyor of the Year in 1999 and 2001, and the CALS Distinguished Surveyor in 2013. He is the secretary of the Geomatics Society of New England (GSNE) and a fellow in the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). On December 31, 2014, John became the first recipient of the Charter Oak State College Certificate in Land Surveying. In 2015 John was the recipient of the NSPS Earl J. Fennell award for outstanding contributions to education in surveying and mapping.
Attorney Nix practices in Gilford, New Hampshire, concentrating in real estate and boundary law. Mr. Nix received his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (UNH School of Law). He has been a licensed land surveyor for over thirty years in New Hampshire and Maine and a practicing attorney in New Hampshire for twenty years. Prior to attending law school, Attorney Nix was a partner in a civil engineering firm in central New Hampshire as chief surveyor and project manager. His work included residential and commercial subdivision and site plan design and permitting, ALTA/ACSM land title surveys, preparation of condominium plans, environmental permitting, and expert witness.
He has lectured for the New Hampshire Municipal Law Lecture Series, the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association and other professional groups. He was an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Sciences teaching the legal aspects of land development and land surveying. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association (Member, Real Property and Probate Section), the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association and National Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Attorney Nix also sits on the Gilford Land Conservation Task Force, the Gilford ZBA and is a Gunstock Recreation Area Commissioner.
Attorney Nix’s practice is focused on boundary law, complex title issues, real property and planning litigation, real estate transactions, land use and development, conservation easements, access, rights, littoral rights, condominium law and other real property matters. Attorney Nix’s background as a licensed land surveyor provides a unique multi-profession perspective in his legal practice.