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17th Anniversary!!!
Inauguration of Officers Gala Dinner and Presentation on
““The Law” – by James J. Demma, Esquire & Prof. LS ‘Lessons Learned from Life, Law and Land Surveying’

When: 09/05/2018
Where: MAGGIANO'S LITTLE ITALY - 2nd Floor Banquet Room
5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20015
United States
Contact: DCALS Event Manager

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It’s DCALS’ SEVENTEENTH BIRTHDAY! Come join the celebration on September 5 at our annual Inauguration of Officers Gala Dinner. Matt Hull will pass the honored gavel to 2019 president Fred Deegbe. Spouses and guests are welcome and urged to attend. Our main presentation will interest everyone . . .


Main Presentation. . . The LAW - Lessons Learned from Life, Law and Land Surveying.The moment Jim Demma started work on his first day as a rookie field surveyor in 1959, he began accumulating valuable lessons he never forgot. Like all of us who strive to unravel the mysteries of our profession, he discovered how closely law and surveying connect. It led him to become a lawyer. His talk will focus primarily on ‘The Law’ – as it has intertwined with land surveying throughout his nearly 60-year career – but will also feature insights he’s gained about human nature, the art of persuasion, peace orders, baseball, ‘making mountains out of molehills,’ marriage, divorce and other wisdom. This is the talk Jim Demma has always wanted to give DCALS. CPC Credits will be awarded. Please join us.


A rare native Washingtonian, Jim Demma grew up in Georgetown and Adams Morgan. His father was the Redskins’ annual Santa Claus at final home games. To this day Jim still fondly recalls DC from his boyhood as the “greatest place ever to live” – a sentiment shared by all residents of that time. After high school he began working summers at a survey firm in Wheaton, starting as an entry-level chainman and advancing to become a licensed professional land surveyor. He earned a degree from the University of Maryland then attended law school at night, passing the bar in ‘72. Soon thereafter – uniquely qualified - he began teaching ‘Maryland Boundary Law’ for MSS. Today, six decades (and six books) later, he’s universally acknowledged as one of our profession’s top boundary law experts. Jim still practices law every day, and still teaches land surveyors. Plus, now he’s teaching DC law for DCALS.


We’re having a sumptuous Six-Course Feast!  You’ll receive ALL of the following - served “Family-Style” . . .

Course ONE - Hors d’Oeuvres – Mini Double Baked Potatoes, Asiago-Crested Shrimp, Chicken Saltimbocca Roulade

Course TWO - Appetizers - Stuffed Mushrooms, Calamari Fritté

Course THREE -  Salads - Maggiano’s Chopped Salad, Spinach Salad, Assorted Fresh-Baked Breads

Course FOUR -  Pasta - ‘Mom’s’ Special Lasagna in Meat Sauce, Four-Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo Sauce

Course FIVE -  Entrees - Oven-Roasted Pork Loin with Cream Balsamic Sauce, Lemon & Herb Salmon

Course SIX -  Desserts - Chocolate Zuccotto Cake; Apple Crostada; Fresh-Brewed Coffee, Decaf, Hot & Iced Tea



MAGGIANO'S LITTLE ITALY, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015 202-966-5500.
The restaurant is located in the CHEVY CHASE PAVILION, on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue NW, half-a-block inside the District Line from Friendship Heights, Maryland.



$50 per person if registered by Midnight September 2nd. ($60 for all RSVPs on or after September 3rd.)



Free street parking can usually be found in the residential neighborhood behind the restaurant (Note: 2-hour limit) and there is a commercial parking garage in the building — reduced rate with Maggiano’s validation. Metro’s Friendship Heights station, on the Red Line, is across the street


 Meeting Agenda
6:00pm - 6:45pm   Social Hour (cash bar)                  
6:45pm - 7:30pm                     Dinner
7:30pm - 8:00pm                     Inauguration Ceremony
8:00pm - 9:00pm  Guest Speaker and Presentation





To register for the Wednesday September 5th DCALS meeting at Maggiano’s click the "REGISTER" button at the top of this page.

We’ll see you there!

If you register before midnight 9/02/2018, you will receive the Early Bird Discount of $50 per person.
Registration on or after 9/03/2018 will cost $60 per personThis includes registration at the door. 


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Contact DCALS at for questions and cancellations.
NOTE: There is a $25 cancellation fee.