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Brown’s Dilemma II



Brown’s Dilemma II – 1.5 Contact Hours

In 1961 Curtis M. Brown wrote an article entitled, “The Professional Status of Land Surveyors,” which was published in the old “Surveying and Mapping” publication of the ACSM. The article was about the then professional standing of the land surveyor and the land surveying profession in society. In 1961, at least according to Brown, very few land surveyors had a college degree, let alone advanced degrees that the “learned professions” had, being the doctors, lawyers and the clergy. While individual surveyors might have advanced education and superior knowledge equivalent to the learned professions, unless the vast majority of land surveyors were equally endowed, the profession as a whole would not advance. Brown’s dilemma was how to elevate the profession. This study will look at Brown’s analysis of professionals and professionalism and how he saw the path forward for the land surveying profession. In the place of a court opinion, Brown’s treatise will be studied with TLL Editor’s commentary. This is a 2‐Page Letter covering Brown’s treatise with commentary consisting of 13 pages. This 15‐Page document has a 10‐Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the attached 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.