Overview

Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 25th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference!
 
The conference has returned to its regular timing and the popular location at The Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law).
 Please note this will be the only opportunity to attend this conference until late 2017.
 
Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley open the program with their seminal overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Program highlights include:
  • David Gerger and Gregory Linsin present the government and defense perspectives on the Deepwater Horizon litigation and what to do when maritime and criminal law collide.
  • Fifth Circuit Justice Edith H. Jones along with U.S. District Court judges Nancy K. Johnson and Gray H. Miller share their Judicial Insights into the Admiralty Practice
  • A celebration of the judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition and its impact on the practice
  • An exploration of cutting edge maintenance and cure issues, such as the implications of infectious disease and agricultural quarantines
  • A review of the Jones Act’s impact on offshore oil and gas operations, including the application of specific CBP opinions to offshore operations and the practical implications the cabotage regulations.
  • Bradley J. Jackson and the return of William J. Chriss to the interactive ethics favorite What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VI – Return of the Gurus
This conference offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to get the latest on global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure, and to connect with members of the judiciary who hear their cases.
 

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 26, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Matthew H. Ammerman, Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, 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
    The sixteenth annual installment of the seminal paper surveys developments, identifies issues of genuine national importance, and discusses items 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
    Judicial Insights into Admiralty Practice
    Gain practical advice for handling cases in Federal Court.

    Moderator:
    Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Nancy K. Johnson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX
    Hon. Gray H. Miller, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Bankruptcy and Maritime Law
    Bankruptcy issues are becoming increasingly prevalent in all areas of practice. Are you ready for when they knock on your door?

    Stewart F. Peck, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard - New Orleans, LA

  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Tips for Vessel Sales and Charter Parties
    Vessel sales and charter parties can mean tricky business. Learn how issues vary across industries, and get practical tips for working with financial institutions unfamiliar with maritime issues, avoiding common pitfalls, and managing big picture risks.

    Kerry C. Williams, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 26, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Thomas C. Fitzhugh III, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier PLLC - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Reflections on Amphibious Moot Court Donnybrooks: A Roundtable Discussion of the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition
    Hear from past participants about how this landmark competition inspired them to enter into admiralty and maritime practice and how the lessons they learned there continue to inform and inspire their practice to this day.

    Moderator:
    F. Daniel Knight, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX
    Panelist:
    Rebecca Jackson Doty, Hess Corporation - Houston, TX

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Criminal Law and Maritime Law Cases
    Get the defense, government, and law enforcement perspectives on Deepwater Horizon, and explore what happens when maritime and criminal law collide.

    David Gerger, Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP - Houston, TX
    Gregory F. Linsin, Blank Rome LLP - Washington, DC
    Mimi Moon, LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New York - Staten Island, NY

  • 2:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Cutting Edge Maintenance and Cure Issues
    How to defend—and how to avoid—factually complex maintenance and cure issues.

    Moderator:
    Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, Holland & Knight LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Jay T. Huffman, Blank Rome, LLP - Houston, TX
    Michael P. Doyle, Doyle LLP - Houston, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    The Jones Act’s Impact on Offshore Oil and Gas Operations 
    Primarily considered as a limitation on the transportation of cargo between ports, the Jones Act cabotage regulations also have a significant effect on the daily operations of offshore oil and gas production. Whether it be offshore supply vessels, flotels, pipe-lay vessels, or heavy lifts, the Jones Act must be a constant consideration when conducting operations with these vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the regulations, application of specific CBP opinions to offshore operations, and the practical and/or technical implications the Jones Act cabotage regulations have on actual offshore operations.

    Moderator:
    Michael E. Streich, Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Samuel A. Giberga, Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. - Covington, LA
    Brian W. Reynolds, EMAS CHIYODA Subsea Inc. - Houston, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Maritime Cases in State Court
    An overview of selected recently reported Texas civil cases involving matters of maritime law, including vessels, navigable waterways and seamen. 

    Hon. Martha Hill Jamison, Fourteenth Court of Appeals - Houston, TX

  • 4:45 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VI
    Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do—or hide. This ethics session is designed to be interactive. Audience participation is encouraged!

    Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the conference registration desk. 

    William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C. - Corpus Christi, TX
    Bradley A. Jackson, Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer - Houston, TX

  • 5:45 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

William J. Chriss

Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C.
Corpus Christi, TX

Rebecca Jackson Doty

Hess Corporation
Houston, TX

Michael P. Doyle

Doyle LLP
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

David Gerger

Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Houston, TX

Samuel A. Giberga

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.
Covington, LA

Jay T. Huffman

Blank Rome, LLP
Houston, TX

Bradley A. Jackson

Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Houston, TX

Hon. Martha Hill Jamison

Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Hon. Nancy K. Johnson

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Hon. Edith H. Jones

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX

F. Daniel Knight

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX

Gregory F. Linsin

Blank Rome LLP
Washington, DC

Hon. Gray H. Miller

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Mimi Moon

LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New York
Staten Island, NY

Julia M. (Adams) Palmer

Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX

Stewart F. Peck

Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard
New Orleans, LA

Brian W. Reynolds

EMAS CHIYODA Subsea Inc.
Houston, TX

David W. Robertson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael E. Streich

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX

Michael F. Sturley

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Kerry C. Williams

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
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

Rachel Anne De Cordova

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier PLLC
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

Robert H. Nicholas Jr.

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX

Julia M. (Adams) Palmer

Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX

John R. Pearson

Trahan Dinn Kornegay Payne LLP
Houston, TX

Steven L. Roberts

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Houston, TX

Deborah Salzberg

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, 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 – Aug 26, 2016 – Houston College of Law
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Last day for Individual early registration: Aug 22, 2016

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 22, 2016

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Aug 22, 2016

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 19, 2016

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Aug 22, 2016

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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