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Title, Title and More Title (2021 Real Property Section Program)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        The Power of Geographic Information Services (GIS)

Hope Morgan, AECOM, Raleigh
Dawn Perry, Orange County Tax Administration, Hillsborough

We all know we are not supposed to rely on GIS maps for our legal opinions, so what can we use them for? Gain insight into what a GIS is and the difference between GIS maps and surveys. Then discuss how to use survey technology such as a GIS database or Google Earth.

10:00      Break

10:10      Creating Condominiums: A Practical Guide

William A. "Will" Anderson III, Kennon Craver PLLC, Durham

Dive into all the details you never knew about creating condominiums — from assembling the team to sales and marketing, all the way through project closeout. Hear a few stories from the trenches along the way, as we use a project timeline as a guide to the process.

11:10      Break

11:20      Common Defects: How Did THAT Happen?

Lanée Borsman, Hutchins Law Firm, Fayetteville

Examine all of the common defects in title and get tips on how to cure them — from legal descriptions to the chain of title to notary acknowledgments and sidebars in between. Then reflect on statutes, new and old, as well as title case law. Review the common errors made and receive practical advice on how to clean up those mistakes.

12:20      Lunch Break

12:50      Working With Paralegals*

Maggie S. Davis, Mann McGibney & Jordan PLLC, Raleigh
Jim Duley Doerfler, Mann McGibney & Jordan PLLC, Raleigh

We all rely on paralegals to abstract and clear title. They increase our efficiency and make our business more profitable, but how can we create professional relationships that make us better lawyers? This session explores the relationship between real estate attorney and paralegal, answering questions about the correct level of supervision and who supervises whom.

2:20        Break

2:30        Hacking Into History: Race, History and Restrictive Covenants

Tim Stallmann, Research Action Design LLC, Durham
James Tabron, Durham County Register of Deeds, Durham

Andrew R. Wagner, Robinson Bradshaw, Chapel Hill

Race-based restriction language in covenants is no longer enforceable and its existence remains a reminder of discrimination for people of color. Walk through the public-private partnership being used by the Durham County Register of Deeds Office to identify homeowners' association covenants with a history of race-based restrictions and the active steps being taken to strike the language.

4:00        Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


In our daily practice as real estate attorneys, we frequently encounter title issues.


  • William A. "Will" Anderson III

    William A. "Will" Anderson III, Kennon Craver PLLC, Durham

    Will concentrates on commercial real estate law. Will has extensive experience representing real estate developers, investors and homebuilders with the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, and disposition of various projects, including large mixed-use projects and public-private partnerships. He counsels his clients on the range of issues related to these transactions, including those arising with condominiums.

    Will has negotiated numerous leases for commercial landlords and tenants. In addition, Will represents land trusts and private landowners in land conservation transactions involving purchases, conservation easements and charitable gifts.Will enjoys coaching youth soccer, has served on community boards, and currently does pro bono work to support local organizations focused on issues important to him, including land conservation, the arts, and assisting the underprivileged.

    Will has been named in Best Lawyers in America© (2011-2018), Real Estate Law. Will has regularly been named (including 2020) one of the Legal Elite (Real Estate) by Business North Carolina magazine.

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  • Lanée Borsman

    Lanée Borsman, Hutchens Law Firm, Fayetteville

    Lanée practices in the areas of foreclosure, litigation, and title curative as a partner managing the Firm's title department. She discovered her passion for law through title examination work and still enjoys tackling the puzzle-like challenges associated with title issues.

    Throughout the year, Lanée participates in speaking engagements and mortgage servicing seminars across the country. She does onsite client visits, conducts continuing legal education training for paralegals, and speaks at recovery related events (AA and PALS) and high schools (FBLA). She has been named Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State Bar's Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) and was honored in 2014 with the Chief Justice Service Award by the LAP.

    Lanée is a frequent volunteer for the firm when we serve at Operation InAsMuch, feeding breakfast and offering an inspirational message to the less fortunate in Cumberland County.

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  • Maggie S. Davis

    Maggie S. Davis, Mann McGibney & Jordan PLLC, Raleigh

  • Jim Duley Doerfler

    Jim Duley Doerfler, Mann McGibney & Jordan PLLC, Raleigh

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  • Hope Morgan

    Hope Morgan, AECOM, Raleigh

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  • Dawn Perry

    Dawn Perry, Orange County Tax Administration, Hillsborough

  • Brian Register

    Brian Register, Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers LLP, Raleigh

    Brian is a partner at Smith Debnam and member of the firm's Business Law practice group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Law, and Business Law. Before joining Smith Debnam in 2018, Brian worked as a law partner at Brownlee Whitlow & Praet PLLC where he built a substantial real estate practice focused on real estate transactions, landlord/tenant law, and private lender representation.

    As a real estate investor himself, Brian has the first-hand experience as a buyer and seller of real property to understand not only the issues that can arise during a real property transaction – from the initial buying and selling to the leasing of the property – but also the resulting financial impact to the buyer or seller that occurs when a real estate transaction hits a potential roadblock. This insight enables him to identify and remedy potential problems early in the process so he can help clients avoid costly issues that could upend a deal.

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  • Tim Stallmann

    Tim Stallmann, Research Action Design LLC, Durham

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  • James Tabron

    James Tabron, Durham County Register of Deeds, Durham

  • Andrew R. Wagner

    Andrew R. Wagner is a member of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, PA in Charlotte. He practices civil litigation and environmental law. As a litigator, Andrew represents clients in state and federal court in an array of matters, including contract disputes, trade secret protection, employment issues, environmental matters, and class actions. He has experience at all stages of litigation, including pre-suit investigations, discovery, motions practice and appeals.

    As an environmental attorney, Andrew guides clients through the maze of environmental regulatory compliance. He advises clients on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions and represents them in environmental litigation and agency negotiations.

    Andrew is a member of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College in 2013 and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law in 2018.

    Andrew regularly represents pro bono clients in consumer protection and housing cases. He is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, the country's leading training program for sketch comedy.

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May 14, 2021
Fri 8:55 AM EDT

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