University of Texas School of Law
21st Annual
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Oct 26, 2012 South Texas College of Law
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2012 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley open the Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference with their annual overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Hear the latest updates on significant rulings in the BP spill litigation, new offshore drilling regulations in the Gulf of Mexico, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, an insider’s view on new and imminent Supreme Court rulings, and personal injury and wrongful death damages in maritime cases.

The program features a judges panel on practice and protocol in federal court with Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; Hon. Keith P. Ellison, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; and Hon. Nancy Korte Johnson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Don’t miss the continuation of Bill Chriss and Brad Jackson’s ethics session, What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving.

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Schedule

Friday Morning, Oct. 26, 2012

Presiding Officer:
John R. Pearson, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Houston, TX

8:00 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:50 am
Welcoming Remarks

9:00 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 thirteenth 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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.50 hrs

Judicial Panel

Thoughts on practice and protocol in Federal Court.

Moderator:
Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Keith P. Ellison, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Nancy Korte Johnson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

12:15 pm
Break to Pick Up Lunch

Included in conference registration.

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 26, 2012

Presiding Officer:
John J. Michael, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX

Luncheon Presentation

12:30 pm

0.75 hr ethics

What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part II

Real world questions regarding ethics, the law and what your client has asked you to hide or do are discussed using a question and answer format.

Bring your questions to the conference or submit in advance to service@utcle.org

William J. Chriss, Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Bradley A. Jackson, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

1:15 pm
Break

1:30 pm

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Significant Rulings in the BP Spill Litigation

Discussion of the most important decisions reached by the court in the Macondo litigation that impact insurance, availability of punitive damages, indemnity, OPA, the Clean Water Act and federal pre-emption of state law.

Steven L. Roberts, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP - Houston, TX
David W. Robertson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

2:30 pm

0.75 hr

New Offshore Drilling Regulations for the Gulf of Mexico

Overview of recent regulations for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jason Christopher Petty, Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams - Houston, TX
John F. Unger, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP - Houston, TX

3:15 pm
Break

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Damages in Maritime Cases

Updated authorities, including a restated future damages category and a possible punitive damages issue which may lead to a split in the federal circuits.

W. Robins Brice, Brice Mediation - Houston, TX

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Law of the Sea: The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

The panel discusses the potential impact of UNCLOS provisions on the future development of offshore energy and mineral resources, in particular oil and gas exploration and development activities on the outer continental shelf and coastal state royalties, plus an energy industry perspective concerning U.S. ratification of UNCLOS.

Moderator:
Robert H. Nicholas Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX
Panelist:
Wylie Spicer, Norton Rose Canada - Calgary, AB

5:00 pm

0.50 hr

Brand-New and Imminent Supreme Court Cases

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Pacific Offshore Operators v. Valladolid, which overruled the Fifth Circuit's interpretation of section 4(b) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. In October, the Court will hear oral argument in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, which may resolve a conflict between the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits on "vessel" status. This presentation provides an insider's view of both cases.

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

5:30 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

W. Robins Brice
Brice Mediation
Houston, TX
William J. Chriss
Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Hon. Keith P. Ellison
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Hon. Nancy Korte Johnson
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Hon. Edith H. Jones
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX
Robert H. Nicholas Jr.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Jason Christopher Petty
Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP
Houston, TX
David W. Robertson
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Wylie Spicer
Norton Rose Canada
Calgary, AB
Michael F. Sturley
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
John F. Unger
Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, 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
W. Robins Brice
Brice Mediation
Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III
Fitzhugh & Elliott , P.C.
Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Hollis L. Levy
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Peter A. McLauchlan
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
John J. Michael
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX
Robert H. Nicholas Jr.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
John R. Pearson
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP
Houston, TX
Eugene J. Silva Sr.
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Claude Leroy Stuart III
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Wyndylyn M. Von Zharen
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Galveston, TX
David R. Walker
Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, TX

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Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
7.50 hrs  |  1.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Trial Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral 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
7.50 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.  

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  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Oct 19, 2012
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
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  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 19, 2012
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 22, 2012
    $50 processing fee applied

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