University of Texas School of Law
28th Annual David W. Robertson
Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
Houston Sep 20, 2019 South Texas College of Law Houston
$395 Individual  |  $445 after Sep 11
$355 Group Special 1  |  $405 after Sep 11
$315 Group Special 2  |  $365 after Sep 11
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UT Law CLE

2019 David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Program Features
Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 28th Annual David W. Robertson 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.
 
In remembrance of Professor David W. Robertson, whose extensive career included the development and co-chairmanship of this program, UT Law CLE is pleased to announce the naming of this conference in his honor. 
 
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 Professor Michael Sturley, along with Matthew Ammerman of Houston, TX.
  • Hear observations and guidance from Hon. Gregg Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Houston, TX.
  • A celebration of David W. Robertson, his lessons, and his impact on the practice.
  • A primer on vessel and cargo seizures from the perspective of a federal judge, a U.S. Marshal, and a maritime lawyer.
  • 1.25 hours of Ethics, including presentations on Mediation and Ethics and Greed is[n't] Good.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with admiralty and maritime law experts.

UT Law CLE

2019 David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

8/17/19
Schedule

Friday Morning, Sep. 20, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX

7:45 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

1.25 hrs

Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

The nineteenth 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.

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

9:45 am
Break

10:00 am

1.00 hr

​Admiralty Practice in the Fifth Circuit

Judge Costa discusses trends in admiralty practice, including the perceived decline in federal maritime cases.

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

11:00 am

0.75 hr

Naval Collisions: The Importance of Training and Looking Out the Window

In 2017, two at-sea collisions involving commercial vessels and U.S. Navy destroyers led to the deaths of 17 sailors. Both collisions were entirely preventable, and this panel presents an in-depth examination of the findings, the importance of pre-deployment crew training and optimal manning, and the lessons learned.

Moderator:
Michael K. Bell, Blank Rome LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Raymond J. Burke Jr., Burke & Parsons - New York, NY
RADM Thomas J. Connelly, JAGC, USN (retired) - Arlington, VA
Alan M. Weigel, Blank Rome LLP - New York, NY

11:45 am

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

​Mediation and Ethics

What the parties, their counsel, and mediators can and should expect from themselves and from each other.

W. Robins Brice, Brice Mediation - Houston, TX

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Sep. 20, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Michael K. Bell, Blank Rome LLP - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:30 pm
Presentation Introduction

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

12:35 pm

0.50 hr

Lessons from Professor David W. Robertson

Five of Professor Robertson’s students and friends share brief lessons learned from the professor, noting how his teaching contributed to their professional development.

W. Robins Brice, Brice Mediation - Houston, TX
Rachel Anne de Cordova, Law Offices of Rachel de Cordova, PLLC - Houston, TX
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier PLLC - Houston, TX
Bradley A. Jackson, Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer - Houston, TX
Harold K. Watson, Chaffe McCall LLP - Houston, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

1.00 hr

So Your Client Wants to Seize a Vessel (or its Cargo): A Primer on How its Done

This panel, comprised of a Federal Judge, a U.S. Marshal, and a maritime lawyer, offers a "how to" primer on vessel or cargo seizure and how lawyers for the vessel owner may respond.

Moderator:
Bradley A. Jackson, Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Joseph Castro, USDOJ-United States Marshals Service - Houston, TX
Phillip B. Dye Jr., Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
Hon. Nancy K. Johnson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

2:20 pm

1.00 hr

​Perspectives on IMO 2020: A Panel Discussion

United States Coast Guard and industry panel discussion regarding the legal and technical issues with implementation, compliance, and enforcement of IMO 2020.

Moderator:
Rachel Anne de Cordova, Law Offices of Rachel de Cordova, PLLC - Houston, TX
Panelists:
CDR Jason T. Boyle, U.S. Coast Guard, Port State Control Division - Washington, DC
Dan Carr, Stolt-Nielsen USA Inc. - Houston, TX
Bryant Gardner, Winston & Strawn LLP - Washington, DC

3:20 pm
Break

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Cybersecurity Insurance

Examine key insurance provisions and hear thoughts on evolving exposures impacting privacy and cyber insurance.

Leslie C. Thorne, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX

4:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Greed...for Lack of a Better Word...is[n't] Good

Using a series of case studies, explore the ethical obligations and fiduciary duties owed by lawyers to clients and how the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are implicated in each.

F. Daniel Knight, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX

5:00 pm

0.50 hr

David W. Robertson's Last Case

The last case that Professor Robertson argued before his death was Batterton v. Dutra Group in the Ninth Circuit. That court held that an injured seaman may seek punitive damages in a general maritime law action for unseaworthiness. Three weeks before Professor Robertson died, the Supreme Court granted cert to review that judgment. Professor Sturley will discuss and analyze the Supreme Court’s decision reversing the Ninth Circuit.

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

5:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2019 David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Matthew H. Ammerman
Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX
Michael K. Bell
Blank Rome LLP
Houston, TX
CDR Jason T. Boyle
U.S. Coast Guard, Port State Control Division
Washington, DC
W. Robins Brice
Brice Mediation
Houston, TX
Raymond J. Burke Jr.
Burke & Parsons
New York, NY
Dan Carr
Stolt-Nielsen USA Inc.
Houston, TX
Joseph Castro
USDOJ-United States Marshals Service
Houston, TX
RADM Thomas J. Connelly
JAGC, USN (retired)
Arlington, VA
Hon. Gregg Costa
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX
Rachel Anne de Cordova
Law Offices of Rachel de Cordova, PLLC
Houston, TX
Phillip B. Dye Jr.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier PLLC
Houston, TX
Bryant Gardner
Winston & Strawn LLP
Washington, DC
Bradley A. Jackson
Retired Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer
Houston, TX
Hon. Nancy K. Johnson
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
F. Daniel Knight
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX
Michael F. Sturley
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Leslie C. Thorne
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX
Harold K. Watson
Chaffe McCall LLP
Houston, TX
Alan M. Weigel
Blank Rome LLP
New York, NY

Planning Committee

Michael F. Sturley—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
Law Offices of Rachel de Cordova, PLLC
Houston, TX
Nicholas W. Earles
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC
Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier PLLC
Houston, TX
Julia Haines
Holland & Knight LLP
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
Foley Gardere
Houston, TX
John R. Pearson
Trahan Kornegay Partners LLP
Houston, TX
Steven L. Roberts
Eversheds Sutherland
Houston, TX
Eugene J. Silva Sr.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX
Claude L. Stuart III
Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.
Houston, TX

UT Law CLE

2019 David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

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 – Expected
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.  

UT Law CLE

2019 David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Sep 11, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group Special 1 early registration: Sep 11, 2019
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  • Last day for Group Special 2 early registration: Sep 11, 2019
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  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 13, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Sep 16, 2019
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UT Law CLE

2019 David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

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