University of Texas School of Law
27th Annual
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Sep 21, 2018 South Texas College of Law Houston
$395 Individual  |  $445 after Sep 12
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UT Law CLE

2018 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 27th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference – the leading annual Texas CLE event that focuses on legal developments in the specialized areas of admiralty and maritime law. The conference offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure.

This year’s highlights include:
  • The always popular overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits with Texas Law Professors David Robertson and Michael Sturley, along with Matthew Ammerman of Houston, TX
  • A deep dive into Criminal Prosecution of Pollution Cases featuring perspectives from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Justice
  • The Hon. W. Eugene Davis discussing the Fifth Circuit’s unanimous, landmark en banc decision in In re Larry Dorion, Inc.
  • An exploration of Ethical Issues When Insurers Won’t Fund the Defense, with a focus on how insured and their counsel fill the gap between applicable requirements and permissions
  • The opportunity to stump ethics gurus Bradley J. Jackson and William J. Chriss with your toughest ethical dilemmas in What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VIII
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with admiralty and maritime law experts.

UT Law CLE

2018 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

8/17/18
Schedule

Friday Morning, Sep. 21, 2018

Presiding Officer:
W. Robins Brice, Brice Mediation - Houston, TX

7:45 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:25 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 eighteenth 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
Matthew H. Ammerman, Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C. - Houston, TX

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

0.75 hr

Judicial Perspective: Doiron and Maritime Contracts

The author of the unanimous en banc decision of the Fifth Circuit in In re Larry Doiron, Inc. discusses the difficulty with the previous test for determining whether a contract is a maritime contract, the confusion and conflict in the application of the test to contracts involving drilling and production of oil and gas on navigable waters, and the development of a simpler and more straightforward method to determine whether oilfield contracts are maritime.

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

11:00 am

0.50 hr ethics

Ethical Issues When Insurers Won't Fund the Defense

There's a gap between Hamel's "fully adversarial trial" requirement and Lyda Swinerton Builders' permission for insureds to "settle or litigate, at [the insured's] option." How insureds and their counsel fill that gap when insurers refuse to defend raises issues from legal creativity to outright chicanery.

Samantha Trahan, Trahan Kornegay Payne LLP - Houston, TX

11:30 am

0.75 hr

FMC Primer: The Shipping Act and Regulatory Matters

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the federal agency tasked with regulating international ocean transportation in the U.S. foreign commerce. Review the basic jurisdiction of the FMC and potential issues involving marine terminal operators and ocean common carriers, and survey potential legislative and policy changes affecting the shipping community.

Rachel Anne de Cordova, Phelps Dunbar LLP - Houston, TX
Eric Lee, Holland & Knight - Washington, DC

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Sep. 21, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Harold K. Watson, Chaffe McCall LLP - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.50 hr

U.S. EXIM Bank: An Essential Program Supporting U.S. Export Trade and Capital Projects

Stuart P. Sperling, Poten & Partners - Houston, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

1.00 hr

Criminal Prosecution of Pollution Cases

Hear from the experts how pollution is being investigated, and explore the implications of recent cases.

Anthony M. DeStefano, LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Maritime and International Law - Washington, DC
Kenneth E. Nelson, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section - Washington, DC
Rohan A. Virginkar, Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington, DC

2:20 pm

0.50 hr

Sanctions on Imports and Exports and Their Impact on the Shipping Industry

International trade grows more complex by the day, creating new risks for those seeking to import and export goods. Explore the current state of sanctions on imports and exports, and examine the implications this rapidly changing environment is having on the shipping industry.

Jonathan Epstein, Holland & Knight - Washington, DC

2:50 pm

0.75 hr

Drafting Effective Arbitration Clauses

Drafting effective arbitration clauses is more complicated than it may appear, and the selection of what rules and procedures will apply can make or break your case. Explore the available options, and learn how to make the most of this pivotal set of provisions.

Katharine Fleischer Newman, ConocoPhillips - Houston, TX
Douglas J. Shoemaker, Blank Rome LLP - Houston, TX

3:35 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.75 hr

Maintenance and Cure: Experimental and Speculative Medical Procedures

Examine the law regarding maintenance and cure, including when maintenance and cure may be owed for experimental medical procedures and long-term care.  

Jeffrey R. Bale, The Bale Law Firm, PLLC - Sugar Land, TX
Cory D. Itkin, Arnold & Itkin LLP - Houston, TX

4:30 pm

1.00 hr ethics

What To Do If Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part VIII

Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do—or hide. Stump our experts with your hardest questions!

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

William J. Chriss, The Snapka Law Firm - Corpus Christi, TX
Bradley A. Jackson, Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer - Houston, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2018 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Matthew H. Ammerman
Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX
Jeffrey R. Bale
The Bale Law Firm, PLLC
Sugar Land, TX
William J. Chriss
The Snapka Law Firm
Corpus Christi, TX
Hon. W. Eugene Davis
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
New Orleans, LA
Rachel Anne de Cordova
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Anthony M. DeStefano
LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Maritime and International Law
Washington, DC
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Jonathan Epstein
Holland & Knight
Washington, DC
Cory D. Itkin
Arnold & Itkin LLP
Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Houston, TX
Eric Lee
Holland & Knight
Washington, DC
Kenneth E. Nelson
U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section
Washington, DC
Katharine Fleischer Newman
ConocoPhillips
Houston, TX
David W. Robertson
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Douglas J. Shoemaker
Blank Rome LLP
Houston, TX
Stuart P. Sperling
Poten & Partners
Houston, TX
Michael F. Sturley
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Samantha Trahan
Trahan Kornegay Payne LLP
Houston, TX
Rohan A. Virginkar
Foley & Lardner LLP
Washington, DC

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
Rachel Anne de Cordova
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
Nicholas W. Earles
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC
Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Julia Haines
Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson
Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Houston, TX
Peter A. McLauchlan
Foley Gardere
Houston, TX
Robert H. Nicholas Jr.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Houston, TX
John R. Pearson
Trahan Kornegay Payne LLP
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Eversheds Sutherland
Houston, TX
John C. Schwambach Jr.
Pierce & O'Neill, LLP
Houston, TX
Claude L. Stuart III
Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.
Houston, TX
Harold K. Watson
Chaffe McCall LLP
Houston, TX

UT Law CLE

2018 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
8.00 hrs  |  1.50 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  |  1.50 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  |  1.50 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  |  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

2018 Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Key Dates

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  • Last day for Individual early registration: Sep 12, 2018
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 14, 2018
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Sep 17, 2018
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