Overview

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.
 

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • 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

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

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. 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.
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 – Jan 21, 2016 – Norris Conference Center - CityCentre
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Last day for cancellation: Jan 18, 2016

Venue

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816 Town and Country Blvd. Suite 210
Houston, TX 77024
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