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Overview

Join UT Law Continuing Legal Education for the 30th 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.
 
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.
  • Examination of a vessel collision spanning various maritime issues in Analyzing Subrogation and Recovery Issues in Complex Maritime Property Losses.
  • The Hon. W. Eugene Davis discussing the Fifth Circuit’s unanimous en banc decision in Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators.
  • A look at emerging technologies and innovative solutions in Legal Issues with Novel Uses and Emerging Technologies in the Maritime Sector.
  • What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part XI—the interactive ethics favorite—with Bradley J. Jackson and Scott Rothenberg 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.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Oct. 15, 2021
    Presiding Officer:
    Thomas C. Fitzhugh III, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Houston Only
    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 twenty-first 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
    0.50 hr
    Puzzling Pilots: Reevaluating the Legal Status of Pilots
    Using pilots as a case study, this presentation reexamines the ever-perplexing jurisprudence of seaman status and explores where the courts have, arguably, gone astray.

    Reid E. Coleman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    En Banc Decision of the Fifth Circuit in Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators
    The author of the unanimous en banc decision of the Fifth Circuit in Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators discusses the evolution of the test for seaman status and the ramifications of the decision for maritime workers and employers.

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

  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    A Practical Guide to Filing a Limitation of Liability Proceeding
    This presentation discusses the pleadings and related documents that need to be filed in connection with a limitation of liability proceeding under the unified Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and points out the differences in terminology between the Federal Rules and the former Admiralty Rules.

    Frank A. Piccolo, Chaffe McCall LLP - Houston, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Pick Up Lunch (in Houston)
    Included in registration.

  • Friday Afternoon, Oct. 15, 2021
    Presiding Officer:
    Peter A. McLauchlan, McLauchlan Law Group, LLC - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Legal Issues with Novel Uses and Emerging Technologies in the Maritime Sector
    An exploration of the ongoing development of novel uses in the maritime sector, including alternative fuels (hydrogen, biofuels, nuclear), wave energy generation, autonomy, commercial space operations, and aquaculture. In many cases, these emerging technologies have outpaced regulations and may not fit squarely in current legal frameworks, and are requiring innovative solutions.

    Sean T. Pribyl, Holland & Knight LLP - Washington, DC

  • 1:00 pm
    Break

  • 1:10 pm
    1.00 hr
    Offshore Wind Energy Projects and the Complexities Presented by U.S. Maritime Laws
    This panel of industry experts offers insights into the complicating role that the Jones Act, OCSLA, and other maritime laws play in developing and operating offshore wind energy projects in U.S. waters. 

    Moderator:
    John J. Michael, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Jeff Andreini, Crowley Marine Services, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Karl Humberson, Dominion Energy - Richmond, VA

  • 2:10 pm
    1.00 hr
    Laying the Keel for a Seaworthy Arbitration
    A discussion of the considerations arbitration clause drafters give to contract language and terms, as well as the impact of those decisions when disputes arise.

    Moderator:
    F. Daniel Knight, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Tami L. Brennan, MODEC International, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Julia M. Haines, Holland & Knight LLP - Houston, TX
    Theresa Wanat, Holland & Knight LLP - Houston, TX

  • 3:10 pm
    Break

  • 3:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Analyzing Subrogation and Recovery Issues in Complex Maritime Property Losses
    Examine a recent and complex vessel collision that occurred during Hurricane Harvey, spanning various maritime issues. Hear an analysis on how those issues intersect with the subrogation claims pursued on behalf of a multitude of insurers. This presentation also touches upon common subrogation claims and defense regularly encountered in litigation.

    James D. Dendinger, Cozen O'Connor - Dallas, TX
    Jason S. Schulze, Cozen O’Connor - Houston, TX

  • 3:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Insolvencies Topic: Intersection of Admiralty and Bankruptcy
    A discussion on the unique aspects of maritime bankruptcy cases and some practical tips for professionals appearing in bankruptcy courts.

    Hon. Chris López, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 4:20 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    What To Do If Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part XI
    Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what to do when your client asks you to do something improper. Stump our experts with your hardest questions! Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org.

    Bradley A. Jackson, The University of Texas School of Law - Houston, TX
    Scott Rothenberg, Law Office of Scott Rothenberg - Bellaire, TX

  • 5:20 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Matthew H. Ammerman

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

Jeff Andreini

Crowley Marine Services, Inc.
Houston, TX

Tami L. Brennan

MODEC International, Inc.
Houston, TX

Reid E. Coleman

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

Hon. W. Eugene Davis

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
New Orleans, LA

James D. Dendinger

Cozen O'Connor
Dallas, TX

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Julia M. Haines

Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX

Karl Humberson

Dominion Energy
Richmond, VA

Bradley A. Jackson

The University of Texas School of Law
Houston, TX

F. Daniel Knight

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

Hon. Chris López

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

John J. Michael

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Frank A. Piccolo

Chaffe McCall LLP
Houston, TX

Sean T. Pribyl

Holland & Knight LLP
Washington, DC

Scott Rothenberg

Law Office of Scott Rothenberg
Bellaire, TX

Jason S. Schulze

Cozen O’Connor
Houston, TX

Michael F. Sturley

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Theresa Wanat

Holland & Knight LLP
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

Kenneth G. Engerrand

Brown Sims, P.C.
Houston, TX

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III

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

Julia M. 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

McLauchlan Law Group, LLC
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

Harold K. Watson

Chaffe McCall LLP
Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
You may claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided in Your Briefcase for your records. The system reports Texas CLE credit every Monday. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com
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 must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance 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. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 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. 
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. You may also be required to sign-in at the registration desk if you are attending in-person - please see staff onsite for more details. 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. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 

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 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.
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.
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to LSBA 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. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 

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

Houston – Oct 15, 2021 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Live Webcast – Oct 15, 2021
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Houston
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 7, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 7, 2021

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 7, 2021

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 8, 2021

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Oct 11, 2021
Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 7, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 7, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 7, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Venue

speaker

2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $169 per night. Special room rate is available until September 23, 2021 or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first. You can reserve by calling 855-463-3091 and mentioning the "Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference" or by visiting their website here.

Parking Information

Self-parking: $10 daily; $16 overnight
Valet: $16 daily; $25 overnight
(subject to change)

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