About

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.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • 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

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

    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.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Perspective from the Bench

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

    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.
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    So Your Platform Disappeared in the Hurricane

    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

    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.
  • 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

    W. Dennis Heagney, Viking Offshore - Houston, TX

    Overview of an industry that has ordered over $100 billion of new assets in the last two years.
  • 12:45 pm
    Break

  • 1:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    International Choice of Law

    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

    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.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Forum Selection and Arbitration Clauses in Seamen’s Injury Claims

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

    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.
  • 2:45 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    New Developments and Issues as High Technology Impacts the Offshore Sector

    Anacarolina Estaba, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX

    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.
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Avoiding Medicare Land Mines in Maritime Personal Injury Settlements

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

    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.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    The State of Texas' Expanding Role in Maritime Matters

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

    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.
  • 4:30 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Other People’s Money

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

    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.
  • 5:00 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Criminal Law Sets Sail on U.S. Waters

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

    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?
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

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

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.  
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.  
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 – Oct 24, 2008 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Oct 15, 2008

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1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX
713.650.1300 (reservations)
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$230.00 good through Oct 2, 2008

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