Overview

The Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference is the leading annual Texas CLE event that focuses on legal developments in the specialized area of admiralty and maritime law. The conference offers a unique opportunity for experienced practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, torts and contracts, and civil procedure. Those with less experience will find the event ideal to become exposed to the nuances of admiralty practice and to network with more experienced practitioners.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Sep. 28, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Bradley A. Jackson, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams - Houston, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:35 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Transition From Practice to Judgeship
    A brief description of the judicial selection process and the changes encountered in moving from the practice of law to the bench.

    Hon. Gray H. Miller, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 9:15 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    The Noble Lawyer
    Ethics and professionalism viewed from the perspective of the bar throughout history.

    William J. Chriss, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism - Austin, TX

  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Stewart’s Non-Jones Act Implications
    The decision in Stewart v. Dutra is not limited to defining what a vessel is under the Jones Act. The decision affects all aspects of maritime law in the United States. The non-Jones Act implications will be explored.

    James Patrick Cooney, Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act's Provisions on Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Remedies: Correcting the Fifth Circuit's Mistakes
    Fifth Circuit panels and district courts frequently complain about the chaotic state of the circuit's OCSLA jurisprudence, and individual Fifth Circuit judges regularly call out for en banc rehearings to try to restore some coherence. This paper identifies the main concerns and proposes feasible substantive-law corrections that are easily within the Court's grasp. It also suggests that Fifth Circuit Rule 35.1, which seeks to discourage litigants from seeking en banc rehearings, needs revision.

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

  • Friday Afternoon, Sep. 28, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Matthew H. Ammerman, Fitzhugh Elliott & Ammerman - Houston, TX
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick up Box Lunch
    Included in conference registration fee.

  • 12:15 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Night Court
    Avast ye mateys: Night Court, Houston's very own all-lawyer theater troupe, will launch a swashbuckling ethics presentation, while providing a taste of their salty 2008 musical comedy: the Law of the Sea, helping you make your legal arrrg-uments sail smoothly as you endure the tidal wave of electronic discovery.

    Judy Frow, Night Court - Houston, TX

  • 12:45 pm
    1.50 hrs
    Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
    This paper is the eighth of an annual series that tries to flag everything of genuine importance nationally and everything of significant interest from the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

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

  • 2:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Inland Damage to Ocean Cargo: When Do the Maritime Rules Apply?
    When cargo carried under a multimodal bill of lading is damaged during an inland leg, some circuits apply the Carmack Amendment while others permit the contractual extension of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA). The two regimes can lead to remarkably different results. This presentation analyzes the relevant issues in resolving the conflict.

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

  • 3:00 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Offshore: Wind Energy Panel Discussion
    Law governing the construction and operation of offshore wind energy facilities.

    Julia M. Adams, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP - Houston, TX
    Bradley A. Jackson, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams - Houston, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Jones Act Issues After Sorrell
    Standards and burdens of proof for the plaintiff and defense in Jones Act and unseaworthiness cases after the decision of the Supreme Court in Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. Sorrell.

    Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims PC - Houston, TX

  • 4:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Using Rule B as a Weapon: Seize the Initiative and the Bank Account Too
    Although Rule B embodies the traditional maritime tool of quasi in rem jurisdiction, the Second Circuit it has come to be used as a means to seize funds as security for disputes already pending elsewhere. This presentation explores recent case law regarding the use of Rule B as a jurisdictional basis and a litigation weapon.

    Christopher Benjami Dove, Locke Liddell & Sapp - Houston, TX

  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Julia M. Adams

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX

William J. Chriss

Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
Austin, TX

James Patrick Cooney

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams
Houston, TX

Christopher Benjami Dove

Locke Liddell & Sapp
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims PC
Houston, TX

Judy Frow

Night Court
Houston, TX

Bradley A. Jackson

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams
Houston, TX

Hon. Gray H. Miller

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

David W. Robertson

University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael F. Sturley

University of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

David W. Robertson—Vice-Chair

University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael F. Sturley—Vice-Chair

University of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX

Julia M. Adams

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX

Matthew H. Ammerman

Fitzhugh Elliott & Ammerman
Houston, TX

Michael K. Bell

Bell Ryniker & Letourneau
Houston, TX

W. Robins Brice

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, TX

George F. Chandler III

Hill Rivkins & Hayden LLP
Houston, TX

Christopher Benjami Dove

Locke Liddell & Sapp
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, P.C.
Galveston, TX

Bradley A. Jackson

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams
Houston, TX

Hollis Levy

The University Of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Peter A. McLauchlan

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX

Robert H. Nicholas Jr.

Baker & Hostetler, LLP
Houston, TX

John R. Pearson

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX

Jill A. Schaar

Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP
Houston, TX

Eugene J. Silva Sr.

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.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Houston – Sep 28, 2007 – Hyatt Regency
Conference Concluded
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Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Sep 19, 2007

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 21, 2007

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Sep 24, 2007

Venue

speaker

1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX
713-654-1234

Accommodations

$179.00 good through Sep 12, 2007

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