Real Estate and Land Use 2018

September 7th & 8th, 2018

WVU College of Law

WVU vs. Youngstown State

Attend in person or via Live Video Conference*

Registration: $295

Football tickets to WVU vs. Youngstown State are available for purchase

Price: $55 per ticket

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This seminar is approved for 9.0 total WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics/Law Office Management credit.

This seminar is approved for 7.0 total PA MCLE credits, including 0.5 Ethics credits.

We have applied for MCLE credit in Virginia and Ohio.

Friday, September 7, 2018 

9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Pipelines 101

This presentation will cover condemnation and regulations affecting the construction and operation of oil and gas pipelines, from siting to safety.

Joseph L. Jenkins, Esquire
Lewis Glasser PLLC

10:50 a.m.

Dynamics of Easement and Boundary Line Litigation: Tips on Client and Case Management

In this presentation, client and litigation management will be explored as they are related to the substantive law pertaining to boundary line disputes, easements by grant, easements governed by Chapter 36B, and common law easements.

Braun A. Hamstead, Esquire
Hamstead & Associates LC

11:50 a.m.


1:10 p.m.

Title Insurance: Coverages, Benefits, Exclusions, and Endorsements

Real estate title insurance has a favorability rating only slightly above used car salespersons—and lawyers. This presentation will explore the basic coverage provisions and their corresponding benefits as applied to, or interpreted through, West Virginia property law. We’ll also discuss the ALTA policy endorsements—some familiar, some not so, and the requirements for issuing each.

Stephen C. Gregory, Esquire
WFG National Title Company

2:00 p.m.

Property Owner Liability Update

This presentation provides an update on landowner liability in West Virginia, especially in relation to rural and/or agricultural land. The topics covered are based on questions asked by audience members at a series of presentations made by the author through West Virginia University Extension Service in 2015 and 2016. Many landowner questions relate to liability to entrants on the land, which form the majority of the presentation. Other frequently asked questions about land/property owner obligations and exposure are covered as well.

Alison Peck, Professor
WVU College of Law

2:50 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Dilapidated Buildings

Neglected and abandoned structures are still a top concern for local governments around the state. This session will explore tools to address dilapidated structures, including vacant property registries, land banks, tax lien sale purchases, and different paths to adopt and enforce building codes.

Katherine C. Garvey, Director
WVU College of Law – Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic

3:50 p.m.

Ethics Update and Advice from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel

This presentation will cover the 2017 report of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, the recent amendment to Rule 1.2, and legal ethics opinions of note, including notable recent discipline ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeals. Free ethics advice will also be offered, including basic principles and resources, a technology update, and directions for creating a succession plan and following the amended advertising rules.

Andrea J. Hinerman, Esquire
Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel

4:40 p.m.


Saturday, September 8, 2018 

9:00 a.m.

West Virginia’s Co-tenancy Bill

West Virginia recently passed the Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act. The Act attempts to address the situation, common in West Virginia, where the land is owned by multiple cotenants. Under common law, all cotenants must consent to allow oil and gas drilling, or any activity, on the property. This session discusses the background issues prompting the Act, the provisions of the Act and questions and uncertainties arising from certain provisions of the Act.

Jesse J. Richardson, Professor
WVU College of Law

9:50 a.m.

Navigating the Maze of Land Use Regulation

Several contemporary land use topics will be discussed during this session. Issues such as tiny homes, manufactured homes, halfway houses, exotic entertainment, and small telecommunication cells will be explored and analyzed. The session will examine common questions and concerns regarding zoning, subdivision, and other land use regulations. This session will be geared toward both local government and private sector attorneys.

Jared B. Anderson, Supporting Land Use Attorney
WVU College of Law – Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic

10:40 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Real Estate and Land Use Topic TBA

Joyce F. Ofsa, Esquire
Spilman Thomas & Battle

11:50 a.m.


6:00 p.m.

WVU vs. Youngstown State Kickoff

*Live Video Conference: The Live Video Conference option gives attendees the ability to receive LIVE West Virginia MCLE credit from their own electronic device. Live Video Conference participants will receive an email containing a link to the teleconference, written materials, and instructions approximately three days before the event. The Live Video Conference offers real-time virtual communication with conference speakers. This option is approved for Live WV MCLE credits ONLY.

Tickets: Football tickets are non-refundable and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a 4 ticket limit per registrant.

Parking: Tuition for each seminar includes a WVU Athletic Department parking pass to the Red Lot around the WVU College of Law. RV and Camper parking is not permitted.

Materials: An electronic PDF written materials book will be sent via email prior to the conference. Attendees have the option to purchase a printed copy of the written materials book for $25 during registration.

Tuition Refund Policy: No tuition refunds will be made if football tickets are also ordered. Registration refunds for those who do not order football tickets will be available if the cancellation is received three business days prior to the conference. Refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Preregistered attorneys who do not attend will receive MP3 files of the program.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact the WVCLE office at (304) 293-7255 at least 10 days prior to the program date.