Prep & Trial Seminar

June 7-8, 2018 - Chapel Hill, NC

The 2018 IAAO Preparation and Trial of the Property Tax Appeal Seminar will be held at the University of North Carolina - School of Government on June 7-8. The UNC School of Government is located in the Knapp-Sanders Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The IAAO Legal Committee is presenting this two-day training for attorneys, assessors, and appraisal personnel who want to be better prepared for appeals. The topics will focus on trial ethics, depositions, preparing the assessment mega case, review appraisers and rebuttal witnesses, and trial mechanics. Besides the mock trial, attendees will also hear experts speak, participate in deliberations, and hear panel discussions from various viewpoints. The subject property of the mock trial is a hotel.


Advanced registration is now closed. To register, download the paper registration form and bring to the event.

Fees are $500 for IAAO members and $625 for nonmembers until April 21. After that date fees increase to $550 for members and $700 for nonmembers. For more information on the seminar, see the registration page or you may download the brochure.


The host hotel for the seminar is the Carolina Inn. A historically renowned haven, Carolina Inn is the only hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, and guests are a short walk from all university destinations and historic Franklin Street. To make a reservation please visit the registration and hotel page.

Recertification Credit

IAAO professional designees can earn 13 hours of recertification credit. If you are participating in other recertification and continuing education programs, please bring the forms or letters to the seminar. We cannot guarantee that the credits will be honored by other entities. Anyone seeking continuing education credit will need to submit their request as an individual. Other than Continuing Legal Education (CLE), IAAO will not be submitting requests for continuing education to individual states. 

CLE hours

IAAO can apply for CLE accreditation for attendees seeking CLE credits for attendance at the Prep & Trial seminar. Indicate state(s) and attorney registration number(s) when registering. Due to significant variations in each state’s CLE rules and regulations, IAAO cannot guarantee that states will approve the seminar for CLE accreditation. 

CLE credit will be secured for the host state (North Carolina). The deadline to register for CLE credit for other states is April 2, 2018. Attorneys may be eligible to receive credit through reciprocity or self-submission in some states. For more information, contact Heather Steel at

Scholarships available

The IAAO Scholarship Fund exists for the purpose of promoting ad valorem appraisal professionalism and the Scholarship Fund is available to all IAAO members who need financial assistance to attend IAAO educational activities, including the Prep & Trial Seminar.

The application can be found on the IAAO website under the Resources menu and must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. The maximum award for this seminar is $1,250 per recipient. Contact Ashley Lathrop with questions at

Speaker Resources

Seminar speakers will be able to download the event PowerPoint template for use in preparing materials for the event.

IAAO's Legal Task Force

IAAO’s Legal Task Force supports the mission and commitments of IAAO by offering the unique perspectives of members who are primarily involved or interested in legal issues. The Legal Task Force organizes the annual IAAO Legal Seminar and the Preparation and Trial of the Property Tax Assessment Appeal Seminar. Interested IAAO members are welcome to participate in the activities of the committee.