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Browns Dilemma I



Brown’s Dilemma I – 1.5 Contact Hours
In 1979 Curtis M. Brown wrote an article entitled, “Land Surveyor’s Liability to Unwritten Rights,” which was published in the old “Surveying and Mapping” publication of the ACSM (i.e., Brown’s “treatise”). Brown wrote his treatise in reaction to a certain case he was involved with as an expert witness. The unexpected outcome in the case shook Brown’s core beliefs in the duties and responsibilities of the land boundary surveyor. Brown’s treatise reflects internal conflicts with his earlier writings advocating that surveyors should merely “locate land boundaries in accordance with a written deed” and refer any resulting problems “to attorneys for resolution.” This was ‘Brown’s Dilemma.’ In this study the case of Western Title Guaranty v. Murray & McCormick, is examined (the court case), and Brown’s treatise is studied with added commentary from the instructor (the treatise with commentary). This is a 2-Page Letter covering the court case, and the treatise with commentary consisting of 10 pages. This 12-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the treatise with commentary.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.