University of Texas School of Law
24th Annual
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Jan 21, 2016 Norris Conference Center - CityCentre
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2016 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
UT Law Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley open the 24th 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. 
 
Program highlights include:
  • Fifth Circuit Update from prosecutor-turned-judge Hon. Gregg Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Houston, TX
  • Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Houston, TX moderates a panel of U.S. District Court Judges from Texas and Louisiana as they provide practical advice for handling cases in Federal Court
  • An exploration of Piracy Prone Waters, features practical legal considerations and personal experiences, with Thomas M. Brown, Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Practical tips on how to anticipate, prevent, and mitigate the threat of cybersecurity in the maritime industry
  • A review of developments in the Macondo multi-district litigation, with an examination at other Courts’ interpretations and key rulings
  • Discussion of rig breakaway claims, including the duty to prepare rigs for hurricanes and Wreck Act implications
  • What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part V—the interactive ethics favorite—with Bradley A. Jackson (Retired), Houston, TX and Jonathan E. Smaby, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Austin, TX, providing real-world questions and answers regarding ethics and the law
This conference offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure.
 

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11/18/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Jan. 21, 2016

Presiding Officer:
Robert H. Nicholas Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP - 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 fifteenth 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

0.50 hr

Fifth Circuit Update

A prosecutor turned judge gives his perspective on recent cases in the Fifth Circuit.

Hon. Gregg Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

10:45 am

0.75 hr

An Updated Primer on Seaman’s Status

Explore the current state of—as well as potential future issues and hot spots related to—a fundamental concept of admiralty law, the seaman’s status test. Hear perspectives from both plaintiff and defense counsel.

F. Daniel Knight, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX
Jeremy R. Newell, Stevenson & Murray - Houston, TX

11:30 am

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Maritime Cybersecurity: Anticipating, Preventing and Mitigating a Growing Threat

Learn about the current threats facing the maritime industry, the consequences of a cyberattack and the measures for promoting cybersecurity awareness and mitigation.

Kate B. Belmont, Blank Rome LLP - New York, NY

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, Jan. 21, 2016

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

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.50 hr

Piracy Prone Waters

A discussion of practical legal considerations related to responding to attacks by pirates, with a look at recent attacks including those against vessels and rigs in the Gulf of Guinea; and a reflection of sailing to Somalia as a ship’s officer after litigating a civil piracy case in Federal District Court.

Thomas M. Brown, Texas A&M University at Galveston - Galveston, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

1.00 hr

Judicial Panel

Gain practical advice for handling cases in Federal Court.

Moderator:
Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. John W. deGravelles, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
Hon. George C. Hanks Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Galveston, TX
Hon. Simeon T. Lake III, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

2:20 pm

0.75 hr

Macondo Update

Review recent events and developments in the Macondo multi-district litigation, including private claimant and government settlement issues, the impact on exposure for operators and contractors under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act of 1990, enforceability of indemnity obligations, and limiting of additional insured coverage. Other courts’ interpretations of key Macondo rulings are highlighted to provide insight into the trajectory of such issues.

Corey L. Maze, Office of the Attorney General - Montgomery, AL
Stephany Olsen-LeGrand, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Houston, TX

3:05 pm

0.75 hr

Rigs on Walkabout—Hurricane Breakaways!

A discussion of rig breakaway claims—including the duty to prepare rigs for hurricanes, planning and executing a response to a breakaway, the potential damage arising out of rig breakaways, a rig owner’s duties, as well as defenses and liabilities under the Wreck Act.

James Patrick Cooney, Royston Rayzor - Houston, TX
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. - Houston, TX

3:50 pm
Break

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

Octopus Arms: The Reach of OCSLA after Valladolid

In 2012, the Supreme Court changed Fifth Circuit law—a worker need not be on the Shelf to be covered. Explore the landside reach of OCSLA under the new substantial nexus test from both sides of the docket.

Matthew H. Ammerman, Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C. - Houston, TX
Lewis S. Fleishman, Lewis S. Fleishman PLLC - Houston, TX

4:30 pm

1.00 hr ethics

What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part V

Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do—or hide. 

Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the conference registration desk. This ethics session is designed to be interactive. Audience participation is encouraged!

Bradley A. Jackson, Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer - Houston, TX
Jonathan E. Smaby, Texas Center for Legal Ethics - Austin, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

Matthew H. Ammerman
Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX
Kate B. Belmont
Blank Rome LLP
New York, NY
Thomas M. Brown
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Galveston, TX
James Patrick Cooney
Royston Rayzor
Houston, TX
Hon. Gregg Costa
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX
Hon. John W. deGravelles
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Lewis S. Fleishman
Lewis S. Fleishman PLLC
Houston, TX
Hon. George C. Hanks Jr.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Galveston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Houston, TX
F. Daniel Knight
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX
Hon. Simeon T. Lake III
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Corey L. Maze
Office of the Attorney General
Montgomery, AL
Jeremy R. Newell
Stevenson & Murray
Houston, TX
Stephany Olsen-LeGrand
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Houston, TX
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX
David W. Robertson
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Jonathan E. Smaby
Texas Center for Legal Ethics
Austin, 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
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
Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C.
Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Houston, TX
F. Daniel Knight
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX
Peter A. McLauchlan
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX
John J. Michael
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX
Julia M. (Adams) Palmer
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Houston, TX
John C. Schwambach Jr.
Pierce & O'Neill, LLP
Houston, TX
Claude L. Stuart III
Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.
Houston, TX
David R. Walker
Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP
Houston, TX

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Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
8.00 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, 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  |  1.25 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.  
Louisiana
8.00 hrs  |  1.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
9.50 hrs  |  1.50 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.  

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Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Jan 15, 2016
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: Jan 15, 2016
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  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: Jan 15, 2016
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  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jan 15, 2016
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jan 18, 2016
    $50 processing fee applied

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