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Stay Out Of Court: Mock Trial

Description With Gary Kent
Status Open
Number of Days 1
Start Time 8:00 AM
Begin Date 06/04/2010
End Date 06/04/2010
Early Reg: 06/03/2010

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Location name: Conference Center at Waltham Woods
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City: Waltham
State: MA
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with Gary Kent
Full Day Seminar
Friday, June 4, 2010
7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Seminar
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451  
To Register:
Fax or mail your registration to: MALSCE, The Engineering Center One Walnut Street Boston, MA 02108-3616 Fax: 617/227-6783
Register online by clicking the Register above.  Login to get the member rate.  If you do not know your login registration, contact Molly Kerrigan at
Extended Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
This MALSCE sponsored mock trial is presented by Gary Kent, Director, Integrated Services, The Schneider Corporation, and features as the presiding judge The Honorable Leon J. Lombardi (Retired) former Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Land Court. The mock trial also features Plaintiff Leslie Pilgrim who has filed a quiet title action against Defendant Chris Arbonne to clear title to a certain area of land, as well as the plaintiff’s and defendant’s legal counsel, Denise Chicoine, Esq and Edward Englander, Esq of Rosenberg, Schapiro, Englander, Chicoine & Leggett P.C., and land surveyors.
Aside from a question as to the location of the common boundary, which is exacerbated by conflicting surveys performed for the plaintiff and defendant, Pilgrim has been occupying this area for a period of time. Surveyors for both the plaintiff and the defendant will testify with their opinions on the boundary conflict.
In addition to the boundary line issue, Arbonne has an ingress-egress easement across Pilgrim’s land, and Pilgrim is asking the court to extinguish that easement based on non-use.
Attendees will be invited to ask questions of each witness and will be split into juries after the testimony. Each jury will deliberate and announce their verdict. Judge Lombardi will also weigh in with an opinion.  
Following the trial, Judge Lombardi will discuss the process and procedures in such a case and the attorneys will offer guidance and suggestions to those who would testify as expert witnesses.  There will also be a presentation on how attorneys select expert witnesses.
Who Should Attend?
The mock trial will be of interest to any individual who owns real property; all land surveyors and any attorney whose practice deals with matters of title, boundary disputes or conveyance.
Featured Participants:
Gary Kent has been with The Schneider Corporation, a surveying, GIS and consulting engineering firm based in Indianapolis and with offices in North Carolina and Iowa, for 27 years. He is past-president of both ACSM and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Gary taught Boundary Law, Legal Descriptions, Property Surveying and Land Survey Systems as an adjunct instructor at Purdue University from 1999 to 2006 and again this current semester.  He is currently in his third term as Vice Chairman of the Indiana State Board of Registration for Land Surveyors.  Gary is chair of the National Society of Professional Surveyors’ committee on the ALTA/ACSM Standards and is liaison to NSPS for the American Land Title Association.  He also writes regular columns for The American Surveyor magazine and for the ACSM Bulletin.
The Honorable Leon J. Lombardi (Retired) served as an Associate Justice of the Land Court from 1995 to 2008. He is a graduate of Tufts University in 1971 and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1974. Judge Lombardi was an associate in the Law Offices of Robert I. Kalis in Foxborough from 1974 to 1978. For three terms, Judge Lombardi served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives between January 1977 and January 1983 representing the towns of Easton, Mansfield, and Norton. After leaving the legislature, Judge Lombardi practiced law with Warner & Stackpole in Boston until 1995.
Judge Lombardi co-chaired a committee consisting of court personnel, private attorneys, and surveyors that drafted the “Manual of Instructions for the Survey of Lands and Preparation of Plans,” which became effective on January 2, 2006. He has participated as a faculty member in numerous seminars pertaining to Massachusetts easement law. For many years, Judge Lombardi was a member of the Real Estate Bar of Massachusetts and an ex-officio member of The Abstract Club. He received his mediation training from Mediation Works Incorporated.
Registration Information:
Registration fees are $200/person for MALSCE members and $250/person for non-members. Members of New York and New England land surveying associations and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts are also able to register at the MALSCE member rate. Registration fee includes two snack breaks, lunch and all seminar handouts. Registration deadline is Monday, May 31, 2010. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made by May 31. No refunds will be given after this date. No-shows will be billed.
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Continuing Education:
This seminar is worth 6.5 professional development hours. All seminar participants will receive a certificate documenting attendance at the end of the seminar. Please complete the registration form with your legal name, address and other contact information so that you will be properly identified on the certificate.
Tax Information:
Expenses incurred for education undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills (including travel, meals and lodging) may be tax-deductible.
Route 128/I-95 to Exit 27B (Wyman/Winter Street) Remain in the far right lane through two sets of lights, passing the Doubletree Hotel on your left. Travel around the Cambridge Reservoir (on right) for approximately .5 mile (pass AstraZeneca on left). Turn left at the granite sign announcing HealthPoint and Waltham Woods Corporate Center. Travel up the hill following the green signs to Waltham Woods Corporate Center for approximately .3 mile to a second granite sign for Waltham Woods (860-890 Winter Street) on the left. Immediately after sign, turn left into the parking lot for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Park near the Conference Center entrance. Designated parking is available for individuals with special needs. Enter the lobby through the glass doors.
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