University of Texas School of Law
22nd Annual
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Oct 18, 2013 South Texas College of Law
Conference Concluded
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2013 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
UT Law Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley open the 22nd Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference with their always popular overview of recent developments in the law at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

Hear the latest developments on issues in significant cases, including the evolving meaning of "vessel" in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach and Barker v. Hercules Offshore, Inc., as well as the effect on risk allocation and additional insured provisions in In Re Deepwater Horizon Ranger Insurance Ltd. v. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Learn about the Fifth Circuit's new interpretation of the area adjoining navigable waters, revisions to Title 28's removal statutes, and ethical issues in the administration of the BP Oil Spill PSC Settlement.

The program also features a judges panel on practice and protocol in federal court, with Hon. Gregg Jeffrey Costa, Hon. Gray H. Miller, and Hon. Frances H. Stacy of the U.S. District Court for the 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. 18, 2013

Presiding Officer:
David R. Walker, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP - Houston, TX

7:45 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 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

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

1.50 hrs

Judicial Panel

Discussion by the judges on current issues of maritime law.

Moderator:
Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Gray H. Miller, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Gregg Jeffrey Costa, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Frances H. Stacy, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

11:45 am
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 18, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Claude Leroy Stuart III, Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX

Luncheon Presentation

12:00 pm

0.75 hr

Every Description of Watercraft

A photographic review and discussion of the legal concept of a vessel vs. a non-vessel as applied to the watercraft currently used by the offshore oil and gas industry.

Robert H. Nicholas Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX

 
12:45 pm
Break

1:00 pm

0.50 hr

Vessel Status under Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach: The "Reasonable Observer" Test

The meaning of "vessel" is significant throughout maritime law. The Supreme Court apparently settled the issue in Stewart v. Dutra Co. (2005), but Lozman (2013) now provides a new formulation.

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

1:30 pm

0.50 hr

Fifth Circuit Vessel Status Cases Including Barker v. Hercules Offshore, Inc.

The Supreme Court's decisions in Stewart (2005) and Lozman (2013) presage new wrinkles in the Fifth Circuit's vessel-status jurisprudence. Meanwhile, courts in the Fifth continue to crank out decisions addressing the vessel status of new types of offshore oil patch apparatus. The Fifth Circuit's March 2013 decision in Baker is a potentially important related development. Hear a critical analysis of these cases.

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

2:00 pm

0.50 hr

Adjoining Navigable Waters: Circuit Conflicts on LHWCA Situs

Overruling Winchester, the Fifth Circuit, agreeing with the Fourth, now says "adjoining" is just that: physically contiguous to navigable water. This session explores the implications of this dramatic shift with the "adjoining area" definitions in other circuits and explains the sharp distinctions that now exist.

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

2:30 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Insurance Coverage in the Oil Patch

This session covers the latest developments in the In Re Deepwater Horizon Ranger Insurance Ltd. v. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. case, including the pending petition for rehearing en banc, related case law, the effect on risk allocation and additional insured provisions in offshore contracts and insurance policies, and the practical and ethical implications of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling for insureds, additional insureds, and insurers.

John M. Elsley, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP - Houston, TX
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C. - Houston, TX

3:15 pm
Break

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

The New Removal Regime

Is removal to federal court easier now? Discussion of revisions to Title 28's removal statutes from defense and plaintiffs' perspectives and tips on seeking remand.

Matthew H. Ammerman, Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C. - Houston, TX
John C. Schwambach Jr., Stevenson & Murray - Houston, TX

4:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

What to Do If Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part III

Real-world questions regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do —or hide— are discussed using a question-and-answer format. Submit your questions, comments and/or experiences in advance to service@utcle.org or bring them to the conference. This ethics session is designed to be interactive. Audience participation is encouraged!


William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Bradley A. Jackson, Jones Walker L.L.P. - Houston, TX
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C. - Houston, TX

5:00 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Ethical Issues in BP Oil Spill Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) Settlement

An overview of the approach, implementation, and administration of the settlement, plus coverage of the Seafood Compensation Program and issues regarding trial.

Stephen J. Herman, Herman Herman & Katz, LLC - New Orleans, LA

5:30 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

Matthew H. Ammerman
Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX
William J. Chriss
Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Hon. Gregg Jeffrey Costa
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
John M. Elsley
Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Stephen J. Herman
Herman Herman & Katz, LLC
New Orleans, LA
Bradley A. Jackson
Jones Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Hon. Gray H. Miller
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Robert H. Nicholas Jr.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer
Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX
David W. Robertson
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
John C. Schwambach Jr.
Stevenson & Murray
Houston, TX
Hon. Frances H. Stacy
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
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
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
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Jones Walker L.L.P.
Houston, 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
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer
Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX
John R. Pearson
Brown & Kornegay LLP
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP
Houston, TX
John C. Schwambach Jr.
Stevenson & Murray
Houston, TX
Eugene J. Silva II
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Houston, TX
Eugene J. Silva Sr.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX
Claude Leroy Stuart III
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Wyndylyn M. Von Zharen
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Galveston, TX

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Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
8.00 hrs  |  1.75 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
8.00 hrs
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.  
California
1.75 hrs
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.  
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
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
9.50 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

2013 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 11, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 10% (5-9) early registration: Oct 11, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 20% (10+) early registration: Oct 11, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 11, 2013
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 14, 2013
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2013 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Houston

South Texas College of Law

1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX
713.659.8040
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Parking Information

Various parking garages and surface lots in the area.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Four Seasons Hotel

1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX
713.650.1300 (reservations)
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