CFEDS by Glen Thurow and Brian Portwood

Those CFedS signing into a presentation roster at the conference and wishing to earn continuing educational credits will be able to access an online quiz from the CFedS website shortly after the conference. A $50 fee will be assessed at the time of quiz registration for each presentation.

You don’t need to be a CFedS in order to attend the presentations. Only those CFedS desiring continuing educational credits would need to sign a roster, pay an additional fee, and take a quiz. The fee will be assessed at the time they register for the online quiz. NMPS will not be involved in money collection.

Federal Boundary Cases of the Last 50 Years (1967-2016)

We will review 4 federal cases involving boundary and title issues, which have been selected because they are especially thought provoking and because they enable us to understand and appreciate the subtle nuances of boundary law.

New Mexico Boundary Cases in the Territorial Years

We will review 4 court cases from New Mexico’s territorial days. These New Mexico specific cases will highlight Federal Authority surveys, fraudulent surveys, cases involving the Court of Private Land Claims, and cases focusing on legal description and monument control.


Deeds and Descriptions: Do’s, Dont’s, and Depends by Kristopher Kline

The class considers elements of a deed, reservations and exceptions; reference to a plat. In addition, it covers rules of construction, calls for adjoiners, the critical link between monuments and deeds along with and key words and phrases for various types of descriptions. The course provides guidelines for providing concise descriptions without introducing ambiguities or unnecessary complexity. The course considers various types of deeds, including boundary descriptions, deeds of easement and riparian boundaries.


How to Fix a Boundary Line (and How NOT to) by Kristopher Kline

This course examines various legal mechanisms which courts apply in order to fix the location of a disputed or uncertain boundary line or easement. Topics include: Adverse Possession, Boundary by Estoppel, Conditional and Consentable Boundary Lines, Practical Location, and Parol vs. written agreements. A segment on the doctrine of Merger is also included.


JAVAD – Transparency with GNSS by Chris Pappas

A fix with good RMS is not necessarily a good fix.  The “JAVAD – Transparency with GNSS” class will go over relative accuracy of GNSS systems.  The pitfalls of bad fixes and ways to mitigate these bad fixes to ensure reliable GNSS coordinates in adverse canopy and urban canyon conditions when using GNSS receivers.


Three New Ways to Find Trouble by Kristopher Kline

This class focuses on: (1) Waters in New Mexico, with background on the Public Trust Doctrine; (2) In-depth discussion of Easements and the Doctrine of Merger; (3) Slander of Title. These issues have recently come home to roost at the doorsteps of some unhappy land surveyors.