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This is the leading annual Texas CLE event that focuses on legal developments in the specialized area of admiralty and maritime law.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Oct. 21, 2005
    Presiding Officer:
    Julia M. Adams, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP - Houston, TX
  • 8:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

    David W. Robertson, University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    This annual update covers the admiralty work of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. It also includes selective coverage of other courts of appeals.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line—The ADA and Foreign Ships

    Michael J. Muskat, Muskat, Martinez & Mahony, LLP - Houston, TX

    We will explore the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line on the maritime industry.
  • 10:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Norfolk Southern Ry. v. James N. Kirby Pty Ltd.

    Michael F. Sturley, University of Texas School Of Law - Austin, TX

    In a rare cargo case, the U.S. Supreme Court has not only announced two important new principles of cargo law but has also fundamentally changed a key rule of admiralty contract jurisdiction and reaffirmed a traditional principle of maritime law federalism that has been under fire in recent years.
  • 11:00 am
    1.50 hrs
    Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co.

    Brian Beckcom, Vujasinovic & Beckcom - Houston, TX
    James Patrick Cooney, Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams, L.L.P - Houston, TX
    Thomas C. Fitzhugh III, Fitzhugh Elliott & Ammerman - Houston, TX
    David W. Robertson, University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    The Court’s determination that 1 U.S.C. sec. 3 “codified the meaning that the term vessel had acquired in general maritime law” and “suppl[ies] the default definition of vessel throughout the U.S. Code, ‘unless the context indicates otherwise,’” bears directly on the coverage of the Jones Act and the LHWCA and has important jurisdictional and substantive implications throughout the maritime law. Mr. Beckcom will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Stewart v. Dutra case and provide his interpretation of the case from the plaintiff’s side.
  • Friday Afternoon, Oct. 21, 2005
    Presiding Officer:
    Julia M. Adams, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP - Houston, TX
  • 12:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Luncheon Presentation: International Maritime Contracts in the Energy Sector

    William G. Shubert, International Trade and Transportation, - The Woodlands, TX

    Captain William Schubert, former Maritime Administrator (2000-2005) will address U.S. Maritime Policy and what it was like for him to try to get things done during his tenure in Washington, D.C.
  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    All You Need to Know to Keep Your Boat Afloat

    Lana K. Varney, Fulbright & Jaworski - Austin, TX

    Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are under discussion. Learn what is being proposed and how to best counsel your clients on what should be retained and what should be tossed overboard!
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Perspectives from the Bench

    Harold R. Demoss, US Circuit Judge - Houston, TX

    Hon. Clement gives her view from the bench, such as 5th Circuit cases of interest, and the different perspectives of district v. circuit judges.
  • 2:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Indemnity Agreements

    Patrick C. Appel, Chevron International Exploration & Prod - San Ramon, CA
    Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims PC - Houston, TX
    Charles R. Lane, New Orleans, LA
    Robert B Nolan, Adams and Reese LLP - New Orleans, LA

    Can you be indemnified for your own negligence? Who has authority to sign these agreements? What form of contract is valid—MSA vs. Work Order? What applies to them?
  • 3:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Investigating a Maritime Accident: Practical and Ethical Aspects

    John G. Atherton, Burgoyne Inc - Marietta, GA
    James A George, George And George Ltd - Baton Rouge, LA
    William P. Glenn, Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP - Galveston, TX

    Maritime fires and explosions pose serious threats to life and property. Investigations to determine the root cause require the application of the scientific method. Panelists will also address practical and legal issues an attorney must consider when investigating a maritime accident.

Conference Faculty

Patrick C. Appel

Chevron International Exploration & Prod
San Ramon, CA

John G. Atherton

Burgoyne Inc
Marietta, GA

Brian Beckcom

Vujasinovic & Beckcom
Houston, TX

James Patrick Cooney

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams, L.L.P
Houston, TX

Harold R. Demoss

US Circuit Judge
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims PC
Houston, TX

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III

Fitzhugh Elliott & Ammerman
Houston, TX

James A George

George And George Ltd
Baton Rouge, LA

William P. Glenn

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP
Galveston, TX

Charles R. Lane

New Orleans, LA

Michael J. Muskat

Muskat, Martinez & Mahony, LLP
Houston, TX

Robert B Nolan

Adams and Reese LLP
New Orleans, LA

David W. Robertson

University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

William G. Shubert

International Trade and Transportation,
The Woodlands, TX

Michael F. Sturley

University of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX

Lana K. Varney

Fulbright & Jaworski
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

David W. Robertson—Chair

University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael F. Sturley—Chair

University of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX

Julia M. Adams

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX

Brian Beckcom

Vujasinovic & Beckcom
Houston, TX

W. Robins Brice

Brice Mediation
Houston, TX

George F. Chandler III

Hill Rivkins & Hayden LLP
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims PC
Houston, TX

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III

Fitzhugh Elliott & Ammerman
Houston, TX

W. Garney Griggs

Strasburger & Price
Houston, TX

Michael B. Hughes

McLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel
Galveston, TX

Bradley A. Jackson

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, TX

Hollis Levy

UTCLE
Austin

Peter A. McLauchlan

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX

Steven L. Roberts

Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP
Houston, TX

Jill A. Schaar

Locke Liddell & Sapp
Houston, TX

Eugene J. Silva Sr.

Vinson & Elkins
Houston, TX

Eugene Joseph Silva II

Vinson & Elkins
Houston, TX

Claude L. Stuart III

Phelps Dunbar
Houston, TX

Stephen M. Vaughan

Tucker Vaughan Gardner & Barnes
Houston, TX

W. M. Von Zharen

Texas A & M
Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Key Dates

Houston – Oct 21, 2005 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Oct 14, 2005

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 14, 2005
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 17, 2005

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1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX
713.650.1300 (reservations)
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