University of Texas School of Law
17th Annual
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Oct 24, 2008 Four Seasons Hotel
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UT Law CLE

2008 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
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 practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure. Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley open the conference with a substantive overview of recent developments.

UT Law CLE

2008 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

11/18/19
Schedule

Friday Morning, Oct. 24, 2008

Presiding Officer:
Steven L. Roberts, Sutherland, LLP - Houston, TX

7:45 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:45 am

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 ninth 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

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.50 hr

Perspective from the Bench

Judge Elrod will discuss her work on both the state district court and on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and will provide practice tips for state and federal practitioners.

Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

11:00 am

1.00 hr

So Your Platform Disappeared in the Hurricane

Current insurance issues arising from hurricane damage to offshore oil & gas facilities, including property damage and business interruption, wreck and debris removal, control of wells and making wells safe.

J. Clifton Hall III, Westmoreland Hall PC - Houston, TX
Moderator:
John R. Pearson, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX
Claude L. Stuart III, Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX
Samantha Kay Boutte Trahan, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX
Harold K. Watson, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP - Houston, TX

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 24, 2008

Presiding Officer:
Stephen M. Vaughan, Tucker, Vaughan, Gardner & Barnes, P.C. - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:00 pm
Pick up Box Lunch

Included in conference registration fee.

12:15 pm

0.50 hr

History of Offshore Drilling and Why We Drill in Deep Water

Overview of an industry that has ordered over $100 billion of new assets in the last two years.

W. Dennis Heagney, Viking Offshore - Houston, TX

12:45 pm
Break

1:00 pm

1.00 hr

International Choice of Law

The panel will discuss proof of foreign law and choice of law in absence of contract, with an in-house perspective on what a client looks for when choosing a jurisdiction, whether for contract or following an incident, as well as any concerns with the “usual suspects”—reflecting some of the changes in local legislation.

Julia M. Adams, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP - Houston, TX
Anne Liversedge, Teekay Corporation - 1017 AZ, Netherlands
Eugene Joseph Silva II, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. - Houston, TX

2:00 pm

0.75 hr

Forum Selection and Arbitration Clauses in Seamen’s Injury Claims

Forum selection and arbitration clauses in employment contracts and post-injury agreements involving foreign and domestic seamen and injuries; validity under the general maritime law, Jones Act, Federal Arbitration Act, and Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; and procedural and unconscionability issues for enforceability.

Michael P. Doyle, Doyle Raizner LLP - Houston, TX
Monica Fekete Markovich, Brown Sims PC - Houston, TX

2:45 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

New Developments and Issues as High Technology Impacts the Offshore Sector

This session will discuss the current Jones Act application to offshore rigs and shuttle tankers as well as new technology and its consequences on anchoring issues.

Anacarolina Estaba, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Avoiding Medicare Land Mines in Maritime Personal Injury Settlements

The Medicare Secondary Payer Statute poses land mines to completing a maritime personal injury settlement. This is an update to discuss strategies to handle Medicare lien claims and satisfy the Medicare set-aside requirements to finalize your settlement.

Matthew H. Ammerman, Fitzhugh, Elliott & Ammerman, P.C. - Houston, TX

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

The State of Texas' Expanding Role in Maritime Matters

The State of Texas is increasing its involvement in maritime matters. From 2003-2007 Ed Burbach served as Texas' Deputy Attorney General for Litigation and, thus, had responsibility for all civil litigation involving the State of Texas, its agencies, and leadership. He will discuss how the State affects the maritime industry and legal community through its increasing involvement in environmental, homeland security, Public Information Act, energy, litigation, and other areas.

Edward D. Burbach, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Austin, TX

4:30 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Other People’s Money

The ethical challenges of Excess Underwriters v. Frank’s Casing Crew, 246 SW3d 42 (Tex. 2008)—How insurance coverage issues affect counsel’s duties regarding settlement of underlying substantive disputes.

W. Robins Brice, W. Robins Brice - Houston, TX

5:00 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Criminal Law Sets Sail on U.S. Waters

It used to be that maritime lawyers only had to figure out whether a worker aboard a ship was a seaman or not. Now the maritime lawyer must also decide whether the seaman is a criminal or not? A discussion of the murky legal waters seamen now find themselves in when they negotiate administrative agency processes that may lead to their criminal prosecution for pollution, navigation or recordkeeping violations. When does the mariner’s cooperation with an administrative process jeopardize their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during a criminal investigation? How murky are the waters that surround the demarcation line between an administrative investigation and a criminal investigation? What are some of the ethical considerations a maritime lawyer must navigate when representing the ship owner, the seaman or the vessel manager when they are sailing in to the treacherous waters of criminal prosecution?

Reginald E. McKamie, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2008 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Julia M. Adams
Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX
Matthew H. Ammerman
Fitzhugh, Elliott & Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX
W. Robins Brice
W. Robins Brice
Houston, TX
Edward D. Burbach
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Austin, TX
Michael P. Doyle
Doyle Raizner LLP
Houston, TX
Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX
Anacarolina Estaba
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
J. Clifton Hall III
Westmoreland Hall PC
Houston, TX
W. Dennis Heagney
Viking Offshore
Houston, TX
Anne Liversedge
Teekay Corporation
1017 AZ, Netherlands
Monica Fekete Markovich
Brown Sims PC
Houston, TX
Reginald E. McKamie
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
John R. Pearson
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
David W. Robertson
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Eugene Joseph Silva II
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Claude L. Stuart III
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Michael F. Sturley
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Samantha Kay Boutte Trahan
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
Harold K. Watson
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

David W. Robertson—Co-Chair
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Michael F. Sturley—Co-Chair
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Julia M. Adams
Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX
Michael K. Bell
Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau, P.C.
Houston, TX
W. Robins Brice
W. Robins Brice
Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III
Fitzhugh, Elliott & Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX
W. Garney Griggs
Strasburger & Price, LLP
Houston, TX
Michael B. Hughes
McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C.
Galveston, TX
Bradley Jackson
Fugro, Inc.
Houston, TX
Hollis Levy
The University Of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
F. W. Mahley
Strasburger & Price
Houston, TX
Marcus G. Matthews
Phelps Dunbar
Houston, TX
Peter A. McLauchlan
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
Robert H. Nicholas Jr.
Phelps Dunbar
Houston, TX
John R. Pearson
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Sutherland, LLP
Houston, TX
Eugene J. Silva Sr.
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Eugene Joseph Silva II
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Claude L. Stuart III
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Stephen M. Vaughan
Tucker, Vaughan, Gardner & Barnes, P.C.
Houston, TX
W. M. Von Zharen
Texas A & M University at Galveston
Houston, TX

UT Law CLE

2008 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.75 hrs  |  1.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law
Additional Information
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.  
California
7.75 hrs  |  1.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Other States
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

TX Accounting CPE
9.00 hrs
Additional Information
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.  

UT Law CLE

2008 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Oct 15, 2008
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 15, 2008
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 20, 2008
    $50 processing fee applied

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2008 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Houston

Four Seasons Hotel

1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX
713.650.1300 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$230.00 good through Oct 2, 2008

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