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Cooley IV – The Cooley Series



Cooley IV – The Cooley Series – 1.5 Contact Hours
This is the fourth installment in what we have referred to as our Cooley Series, which, of course, refers to Justice Thomas M. Cooley. First appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1864, Cooley served as Justice and then Chief Justice for 20 years. This month we are not studying a court opinion but Cooley’s paper, “The Judicial Functions of Surveyors,” also widely referred to as “Cooley’s Dictum.” This paper was developed from two lectures that Cooley gave at the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Surveyors and Engineers, first in 1881 and then again in 1883. This paper is a wide-ranging discussion on the duties and responsibilities of the land surveyor relative to property rights, the law and the “quasi-judicial” function of the land surveyor. This is a 2-Page Letter covering Cooley’s paper consisting of 12 pages. This 14-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and Cooley’s paper.

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