Overview

UT Law CLE's 29th Annual David W. Robertson Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, now a Live Webcast, is the leading annual 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 Professor Michael Sturley, along with Matthew Ammerman of Houston, TX.
  • Observations and guidance from Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Hon. Jeffrey V. Brown, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, and Hon. Latosha Lewis Payne, 55th Civil District Court.
  • Discussion of the current issues affecting commercial and leisure shipping vessels: Major Disruptive Events: Pandemics, Storms, Fires, Oh My!
  • Learn about the Common Mistakes in Maritime Contracts from the perspective of multiple experienced in-house counsel.
  • What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part X—the interactive ethics favorite—with Bradley J. Jackson and Kevin Dubose providing real-world questions and answers regarding ethics and the law.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn from and interact with admiralty and maritime law experts.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Claude L. Stuart III, Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C. - Houston, TX
  • 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 twentieth 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

  • 10:00 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:05 am
    0.50 hr
    Major Disruptive Events: Pandemics, Storms, Fires, Oh My!
    In the era of COVID, new challenges and complications have emerged, including the rising impact of sanctions, greater need to seize and attach ships, cargo and funds, and the challenge of judicial sales conducted by Zoom when the federal courthouse is closed. Knowledge of key maritime tools is essential to protect your client’s interest.
    This presentation was originally scheduled on Friday at 10:40 a.m.

    Michael J. Frevola, Holland & Knight LLP - New York, NY
    Julia Haines, Holland & Knight LLP - Houston, TX

  • 10:35 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:40 am
    0.50 hr
    Recent Amendment to Transp. Code 66.011: The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Ports of Harris County and How it Might Impact the Admiralty Bar  
    The present makeup of the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Ports of Harris County came into being during the last Legislature when it amended Texas Transportation Code Sec. 66.011. This presentation discusses the composition of the Board, what it does, why it does it, and when and how the actions of the Board might impact the Admiralty Bar.   
    This presentation was originally scheduled on Friday at 12:35 p.m.

    Commissioner Reginald E. McKamie, Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Ports of Harris County - Houston, TX

  • 11:10 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Judicial Perspective: Discussion of Maritime Decisions and Practice
    Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal discusses maritime decisions and practice from her service on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

    Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C. - Houston, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Break for Lunch—Presentation Resumes at 12:35 p.m.

  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    John R. Pearson, Trahan Kornegay Partners LLP - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Self-Care to Make More and Feel Better
    Self-care is a misunderstood concept. Using it can help you make more money and feel better doing it!
    This pre-recorded presentation has been added to the agenda due to the cancelation of "Washington DC Update."

    Matthew Sanderson, Cuccia Wilson, PLLC - Dallas, TX

  • 1:05 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:10 pm
    0.50 hr
    Marine Warranty Surveyors: The Eyes and Ears of Underwriters
    This presentation briefly explores the origins of insurance, the London insurance market, and why underwriters rely on specialists, particularly in the offshore sector. Case studies are explored demonstrating how the marine warranty surveyor can advocate with regard to risk prevention, technical claims management, and as an expert witness.

    James Vavasour, MatthewsDaniel - Houston, TX

  • 1:40 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Primer on Recovery of Attorney's Fees
    What contractual language does maritime law require for a party to recover attorney’s fees in a breach of contract claim? What type of evidence is necessary to properly present the claim to a trial court? This presentation will be useful for in-house and outside counsel. 

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

  • 2:15 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    Common Mistakes in Maritime Contracts
    A panel of experienced in-house counsel discusses common mistakes, issues, sticky negotiating points, and issues of importance in maritime contracts. The panel also likely discusses what they expect from outside counsel who assist in the drafting or negotiation of such contracts.

    Moderator:
    F. Daniel Knight, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Jennifer Bickley, SOFEC, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Rebecca Doty, Hess Corporation - Houston, TX
    Rosalyn L. Young, O'Rourke Petroleum - Houston, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    Effective Voir Dire
    Judge Payne discusses the most recent developments in addressing bias and strikes in the voir dire process, the effect of COVID on the jury selection process in the courts, and observations of techniques and tools that were most effective in selecting a fair and impartial jury.

    Hon. Latosha Lewis Payne, 55th Civil District Court - Houston, TX

  • 3:55 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 4:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    ​One Judge, Four Benches: A Perspective on Effective Advocacy
    In nearly two decades on the bench, Judge Jeff Brown has served in both the state and federal systems, on two trial courts and two appellate courts. Based on that experience, he’ll share tips for productively pressing your client’s case.

    Hon. Jeffrey V. Brown, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Galveston, TX

  • 4:30 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 4:35 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    What To Do If Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part X
    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.

    Kevin Dubose, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP - Houston, TX
    Bradley A. Jackson, The University of Texas School of Law - Houston, TX

  • 5:35 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Matthew H. Ammerman

Law Office of Matthew H. Ammerman, P.C.
Houston, TX

Jennifer Bickley

SOFEC, Inc.
Houston, TX

Hon. Jeffrey V. Brown

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

Rebecca Doty

Hess Corporation
Houston, TX

Kevin Dubose

Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP
Houston, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Michael J. Frevola

Holland & Knight LLP
New York, NY

Julia Haines

Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX

Bradley A. Jackson

The University of Texas School of Law
Houston, TX

F. Daniel Knight

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

Hon. Latosha Lewis Payne

55th Civil District Court
Houston, TX

Commissioner Reginald E. McKamie

Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Ports of Harris County
Houston, TX

Gerald A. Morrissey III

Holland & Knight LLP
Washington, DC

Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal

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

Matthew Sanderson

Cuccia Wilson, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Michael F. Sturley

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

James Vavasour

MatthewsDaniel
Houston, TX

Rosalyn L. Young

O'Rourke Petroleum
Houston, TX

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

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

The University of Texas School of Law
Houston, TX

F. Daniel Knight

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

Peter A. McLauchlan

Houston, TX

John J. Michael

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

John R. Pearson

Trahan Kornegay Partners LLP
Houston, TX

John C. Schwambach Jr.

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC
Houston, TX

Eugene J. Silva Sr.

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Claude L. Stuart III

Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C.
Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
​PLEASE NOTE: for Louisiana, the maximum that an attorney can claim for an online course is 4.00 hours. To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. 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.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Live Webcast – Oct 16, 2020
Conference Concluded
Houston - CANCELED – Oct 16, 2020 – South Texas College of Law Houston
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