About

UT Law Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley open the 23rd Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference with their always-popular overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. 

Highlights include a discussion from Hon. Eugene Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, on maritime en banc cases over his 31-year career; an examination of Automatic Information System's impact on collision litigation; and the continuation of Bill Chriss and Brad Jackson’s ethics session, What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving.

The program also covers ethical dilemmas created by reservation of rights, coverage issues and conflict of interest; punitive damages; removal into admiralty; current issues in maintenance and cure; and regulatory challenges and enforcement.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Oct. 17, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. - 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

    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 fourteenth of an annual series that tries to flag everything of genuine importance nationally and everything of significant interest from the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Maritime En Banc Cases in the Fifth Circuit

    Hon. W. Eugene Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Lafayette, LA
    Moderator:
    Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX

    An overview covering 31 years of en banc decisions from the Fifth Circuit on maritime law.
  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Ethical Dilemmas Created by Reservation of Rights, Coverage Issues and Conflict of Interest

    Jefferson R. Tillery, Jones Walker LLP - New Orleans, LA
    Harold K. Watson, Chaffe McCall LLP - Houston, TX

    Explore insurance coverage issues, reservations of rights and their related conflicts of interests, and the right to separate counsel. Identify content and timeliness of an effective reservation. Waiver and estoppel issues and discoverability of reservations are also addressed.
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Michael K. Bell, Blank Rome LLP - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Use of VTS and AIS Data in Collision Litigation

    William A. Durham, Eastham Watson Dale & Forney LLP - Houston, TX
    Thomas P. Marian, Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Jason Tieman, PortVision / Oceaneering - Houston, TX

    A discussion of the evolving role of Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and the Automatic Identification System (AIS) in maritime traffic management, the use of available VTS and AIS electronic data in collision litigation, and how this data can affect the court's decision.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    The Law of Punitive Damages under the General Maritime Law Doctrine of Unseaworthiness: The Defense Perspective

    Jeffrey R. Bale, The Bale Law Firm, PLLC - Sugar Land, TX
    David W. Robertson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    The speakers debate the meaning, wisdom and likely future development of the Supreme Court's and Fifth Circuit's decisions on the availability of punitive damages to seamen and their families. Hear the history, development and treatment of punitive damages under the general maritime law as relates to claims for unseaworthiness prior to the passage of the Jones Act through the current time.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Regulatory Challenges and Enforcement: Ballast Water, Air Emissions and Marine Casualties

    Jeanne M. Grasso, Blank Rome LLP - Washington, DC

    This presentation focuses on key regulatory challenges confronting the maritime industry such as ballast water and the contradictory approaches to regulation taken by the Coast Guard and EPA. Uncover the challenges associated with compliance with the MARPOL Annex VI low sulfur fuel requirements and how companies are dealing with these challenges. Learn the revisions to the marine casualty reporting requirements/guidance and ramifications of not reporting.
  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Removal into Admiralty

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

    Prior to 2012, it was generally understood that a defendant could not remove a maritime case "into admiralty." Some courts have interpreted the 2011 amendments to the removal statute to change that rule. This presentation explores the controversy.
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Current Issues in Maintenance and Cure

    Thomas P. Marian, Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Dennis M. McElwee, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP - Houston, TX
    Ronald L. White, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP - Houston, TX

    An evaluation of maintenance and cure claims from plaintiff, employer and industry perspectives, including the prosecution, defense and administration of claims, as well as recoupment, counterclaims and the nuts and bolts of a Caulfield tender.
  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part IV

    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 LLP - Houston, TX

    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!
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Jeffrey R. Bale

The Bale Law Firm, PLLC
Sugar Land, TX

William J. Chriss

Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Hon. W. Eugene Davis

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Lafayette, LA

William A. Durham

Eastham Watson Dale & Forney LLP
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Jeanne M. Grasso

Blank Rome LLP
Washington, DC

Bradley A. Jackson

Jones Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Thomas P. Marian

Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.
Houston, TX

Dennis M. McElwee

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP
Houston, TX

David W. Robertson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael F. Sturley

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Jason Tieman

PortVision / Oceaneering
Houston, TX

Jefferson R. Tillery

Jones Walker LLP
New Orleans, LA

Harold K. Watson

Chaffe McCall LLP
Houston, TX

Ronald L. White

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith 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

Matthew H. Ammerman

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

Michael K. Bell

Blank Rome LLP
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 LLP
Houston, TX

F. Daniel Knight

Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams
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

Gray 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

Gregory J. Smith

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Claude L. Stuart III

Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.
Houston, TX

Wyndylyn M. Von Zharen

Texas A&M University at Galveston
Galveston, TX

David R. Walker

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, TX

Harold K. Watson

Chaffe McCall 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.  
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.
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 17, 2014 – South Texas College of Law
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Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 8, 2014

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 10, 2014
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 13, 2014

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Venue

speaker

1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX
713.659.8040
Map

Parking Information

Various parking garages and surface lots in the area

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