About

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.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • 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

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

    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.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.50 hrs
    Judicial Panel

    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

    Thoughts on practice and protocol in Federal Court.
  • 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

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

    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
  • 1:15 pm
    Break

  • 1:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Significant Rulings in the BP Spill Litigation

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

    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.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    New Offshore Drilling Regulations for the Gulf of Mexico

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

    Overview of recent regulations for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Damages in Maritime Cases

    W. Robins Brice, Brice Mediation - Houston, TX

    Updated authorities, including a restated future damages category and a possible punitive damages issue which may lead to a split in the federal circuits.
  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Law of the Sea: The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

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

    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.
  • 5:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Brand-New and Imminent Supreme Court Cases

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

    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.
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

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

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 26, 2012 – South Texas College of Law
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