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Advanced Legal Issues Symposia Series

Attorneys ♦ Appraisers ♦ Accountants ♦

Experienced Land Trust Professionals ♦ Law School Faculty

Looking to Stay Informed on Conservation Law?

Interested in Crafting Practical Legal Solutions?


Join Us For The

Fifth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation

June 11-12, 2015 | Crowne Plaza Hotel | Indianapolis, IN


If you work with land trusts on advanced legal issues, this is a program you cannot afford to miss. This Symposium will deliver information that is impossible to find at any other single program.  You will receive updates from leading practitioners and conservation professionals who are uniquely qualified to weigh in on timely topics in conservation law. You will leave with practical tips you can put to use immediately upon your return to the office.

Outside experts will guide us through conservation implications of eastern water law and incorporating the value of ecosystem services in legal decision-making. Gain clarity on the application of impermissible private benefit and private inurement to actual conservation situations. And more! You asked for two days of lunch table topics with expert anchors so the Program Committee arranged the schedule to make that possible too!

Join us for two intensive days  where we will:

  • Explore how the San Juan Preservation Trust speedily prevailed in trespass litigation
  • Dig into the nuances and implications of three critical conservation cases
  • Explore with two veteran attorneys how to help people preserve the conservation purposes of conservation easements when presented with questions of interpretation and when land trusts seek to make comprehensive updates and improvements to their conservation easements
  • Finally understand how to deal with impermissible private benefit and private inurement in a variety of situations for the conservation nonprofit – organizational and transactional
  • Find out what ecosystem services valuation means for conservation litigation
  • Understand the evolution of eastern water law and what it means for conservation
  • Unravel the conundrums around farmland conservation

Up to 11 CLE credits available.

Download the 2015 Symposium Agenda >> (PDF)

Download the Symposium Faculty Biographies >> (PDF)

Download the postcard and email to a friend >> (PDF)

Registration is Now Open!


Registration fees:
$495 - Alliance Member Land Trusts (before May 20th)
$595 - Partners and Others (before May 20th)
$545 - Alliance Member Land Trusts (after May 20th)
$645 - Partners and Others (after May 20th)
$325 - Full Time Students

The Land Trust Alliance thanks the sponsors of the Symposium, The Nature Conservancy and Kaplan Kirsch and Rockwell, LLP, and the Indiana Land Protection Alliance for hosting of the faculty reception. The sponsor contributions and your registration fee cover the actual costs to the Alliance to host the Symposium, including continuing legal education credits for the anticipated 120 registrants. The projected budget is $56,000, including reasonable overhead.  The Alliance seeks no profit but that of supporting this prestigious community of experts to accomplish even more for land conservation.


The Land Trust Alliance must receive a written request for refund before close of business on Wednesday, May 20th. Non-refunded payment for the Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation training will not be credited toward any other service or contribution to the Alliance. There will be a $35 administrative fee for all changes and cancellations resulting after your initial registration. In the event you are unable to attend because of inclement weather, no refunds will be given.


Please come early or stay after to explore the Indy Cultural Trail or White River State Park right downtown, or attend the Circle City IN Pride Fest and show your support for inclusiveness.

The Indianapolis mayor, city businesses and Chamber of Commerce advocated strongly to address the discriminatory aspects of the recently passed law that allows exclusionary practices.  Fortunately the Indiana Governor and legislature heard those voices and corrected the law to bar any discrimination in public businesses.  The Land Trust Alliance supports inclusion in all aspects of community life and applauds that decision as well as the decision of the Indianapolis city government and community to advocate for the necessary change to the law.  The Alliance will hold the Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation in Indianapolis as has been long planned. The Crowne Plaza provided the Alliance with their hotel policy statement >>


Thank you to our Reception Sponsors

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Indiana Land Protection Alliance


We are pleased to offer a discounted rate of $149/night (plus tax) for a single/double room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. All reservations must be made by May 20th in order to receive the discounted rate. Complimentary wireless internet is included. You may reserve your room online or call 317-631-2221 and use reference code ALT.


  • Course content: Please email Leslie Ratley-Beach, or call  802-262-6051.
  • Registration: Please email Scott Still, or call  970-986-4005.


Thank you to our Program Committee


“It is increasingly important that professionals dealing with conservation easements understand just how complex and scrutinized these transactions have become. This symposium in ‘09 offered comprehensive and well-informed presentations and discussions, providing me with improved insight and direction.”  Tim Lindstrom, Esq., Jackson, Wyoming
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