Overview

The 2010 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference features special coverage of the Deepwater Horizon incident and Gulf oil spill with topics ranging from the issues faced by federal and state governments and private industry during the crisis to the ethics of dealing with mass disasters in maritime law to an in-depth analysis of OPA 90 to products liability in the offshore oil patch.

Professors David W. Robertson and Michael F. Sturley open the conference with their annual overview of recent developments from the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Also covered are motions to dismiss in the post-Iqbal era, the implications of Grand Isle Shipyard v. Seacor Marine, issues arising from a Coast Guard investigation, and more.

The 2010 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference precedes the Maritime Law Association Fall Meeting which will be held November 11-13 in Houston, Texas.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Morning, Nov. 10, 2010
    Presiding Officer:
    Harold K. ('Hal') Watson, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 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 eleventh 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, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
    Michael F. Sturley, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    The More Things Change ... A Chronicle of Judicial Selections
    A review of federal judicial selection struggles, with an emphasis on the Fifth Circuit.

    Hon. Leslie H. Southwick, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - Jackson, MS

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    The Ethics of Dealing with Mass Disasters in Maritime Law
    How to address internal relationships: What are the roles of in-house and outside counsel? Conflict issues, privilege issues and corporate disclosure. A battle plan list to refer to when issues arise, such as Deepwater Horizon, is included.

    Moderator:
    Alan R. Crain, Baker Hughes Incorporated - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    David Matthew Bates, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Robert H. Nicholas Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX

  • 11:45 am
    Break for Lunch
    Included in conference registration fee.

  • Luncheon Presentation Introduction:
    Michael K. Bell, Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau, P.C., Houston, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Gulf Oil Spill
    Issues experienced among federal and state governments and private industry in connection with Deepwater Horizon incident.

    Thad W. Allen, RAND Corporation - Arlington, VA

  • 12:30 pm
    Break

  • Wednesday Afternoon, Nov. 10, 2010
    Presiding Officer:
    Julia M. Adams, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP - Houston, TX
  • 12:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    OPA 90 Primer
    This presentation describes and briefly analyzes the basic provisions of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, including such issues as the role of "responsible parties," the allocation and limitation of liability, and the Act's relationship with state and general maritime law.

    Andrew J. Garger, WQIS - New York, NY

  • 1:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    OPA Complexities
    Further discussion of the more complex aspects of OPA 90 including recent legislative developments. 

    Lawrence I. Kiern, Winston & Strawn LLP - Washington, DC

  • 1:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Products Liability in the Offshore Oil Patch
    A panel discussion about the liability of product manufacturers for products used in offshore exploration and production. The panel covers competing definitions of a “product” in the offshore sector, and addresses issues of choice of law, where does strict products liability apply, whether drilling and completion is an ultra-hazardous activity, and liability through supply chain with respect to modifications and maintenance.

    Panelists:
    Julia M. Adams, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Anacarolina Estaba, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Mitchell S. Stoller, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

  • 2:45 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    An En Banc OCSLA Decision: Be Careful What You Wish For
    In Grand Isle Shipyard v. Seacor Marine, the Fifth Circuit acknowledged the need for en banc clarification of tangled areas in the Circuit's OCSLA jurisprudence and addressed the recurrent problem of how to determine which OCS indemnity agreements are governed by federal maritime law and which by adjacent-state law. The Court divided 12-3-1. This presentation and accompanying paper discuss the problem area and consider whether the decision achieved any significant clarification.

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

  • 3:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Motions to Dismiss in the Post-Iqbal Era
    Does Iqbal spell the death of contemporary notice pleading? The panel discusses how to present and survive motions to dismiss after the Supreme Court's decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal.

    Panelists:
    Hon. Nancy F. Atlas, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Kirk E. Karamanian, O'Bryan Baun Cohen Kuebler Karamanian - Birmingham, MI

  • 4:30 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Practical, Legal and Ethical Issues that Arise During a Coast Guard Investigation
    You are called in the middle of the night about a casualty by a P&I club and told to talk to the crew, find out what happened and "deal" with the Coast Guard. Who is your client? How do you proceed now?

    Patrick Bonner, Freehill, Hogan & Mahar - New York, NY

  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Julia M. Adams

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX

Thad W. Allen

RAND Corporation
Arlington, VA

Hon. Nancy F. Atlas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

David Matthew Bates

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX

Patrick Bonner

Freehill, Hogan & Mahar
New York, NY

Alan R. Crain

Baker Hughes Incorporated
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Anacarolina Estaba

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX

Andrew J. Garger

WQIS
New York, NY

Kirk E. Karamanian

O'Bryan Baun Cohen Kuebler Karamanian
Birmingham, MI

Lawrence I. Kiern

Winston & Strawn LLP
Washington, DC

Robert H. Nicholas Jr.

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX

David W. Robertson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Leslie H. Southwick

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Jackson, MS

Mitchell S. Stoller

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Michael F. Sturley

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

David W. Robertson—Co-Chair

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael F. Sturley—Co-Chair

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Julia M. Adams

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Houston, TX

Matthew H. Ammerman

Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX

Michael K. Bell

Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau, P.C.
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III

Fitzhugh & Elliott , P.C.
Houston, TX

W. Garney Griggs

Strasburger & Price
Houston, TX

Michael B. Hughes

McLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel
Galveston, TX

Bradley A. Jackson

Fugro, Inc.
Houston, TX

Hollis L. Levy

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Peter A. McLauchlan

Gardere Wynne Sewell
Houston, TX

John J. Michael

Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX

John R. Pearson

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX

John C. Schwambach Jr.

Stevenson & Murray
Houston, TX

Eugene J. Silva Sr.

Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Claude Leroy Stuart III

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX

Stephen M. Vaughan

Tucker, Vaughan, Gardner & Barnes, P.C.
Houston, TX

Wyndylyn M. Von Zharen

Texas A&M University at Galveston
Houston, TX

David R. Walker

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
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 – Nov 10, 2010 – South Texas College of Law
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Last day for cancellation: Nov 5, 2010

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1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX
713.659.8040
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