University of Texas School of Law
23rd Annual
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Oct 17, 2014 South Texas College of Law
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UT Law CLE

2014 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2014 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

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Schedule

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

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.

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

1.00 hr

Maritime En Banc Cases in the Fifth Circuit

An overview covering 31 years of en banc decisions from the Fifth Circuit on maritime law.

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

11:15 am

0.75 hr ethics

Ethical Dilemmas Created by Reservation of Rights, Coverage Issues and Conflict of Interest

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.

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

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

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.

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

 
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

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.

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

2:15 pm

0.50 hr

Regulatory Challenges and Enforcement: Ballast Water, Air Emissions and Marine Casualties

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.

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

2:45 pm

0.50 hr

Removal into Admiralty

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.

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

3:15 pm
Break

3:30 pm

1.00 hr

Current Issues in Maintenance and Cure

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.

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

4:30 pm

1.00 hr ethics

What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part IV

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 LLP - Houston, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2014 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Faculty

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

UT Law CLE

2014 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

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  |  1.75 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.  
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

2014 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 8, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: Oct 8, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: Oct 8, 2014
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 10, 2014
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 13, 2014
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2014 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Houston

South Texas College of Law

1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX
713.659.8040
Map

Parking Information

Various parking garages and surface lots in the area