Welcome to the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee! Whether you are a seasoned practitioner, a young lawyer or simply interested in the practice of admiralty law, you have come to the right place. We offer numerous resources for the admiralty practitioner, including monthly conference calls on leadership opportunities and breaking admiralty issues, a quarterly newsletter, CLE, and resources to assist you in landing your next job or client.
With our committee’s access to the ABA’s policymaking branch, we have been on the front lines of legislative issues impacting the maritime industry. We are also regularly called upon to evaluate requests for the ABA to submit amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on cases involving admiralty issues. Simply put, if you are a maritime practitioner or just interested in the practice, this is the place for you.
Come check us out. We would love to hear from you.
Committee Programs, Meetings and Events
Upcoming ABA TIPS AMLC Events, Maritime Events and Committee Deadlines of Note:
March 11-13, 2015: 25th Biennial Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Symposium on Maritime Personal Injury & Death: Jurisdiction to Judgment (New Orleans, LA)
March 19, 2015: Next Monthly Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Conference Call
April 2, 2015: The Mariners Club of Massachusetts 2015 Educational Seminar (Boston, Massachusetts)
April 3, 2015: Deadline for ABA TIPS AMLC Annual Law Student Writing Competition
June 26-27, 2015: Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Point Clear, AL)
2014-2015 ABA TIPS AMLC Events:
February 6, 2015:
ABA TIPS AMLC Fundamentals of Vessel Arrest and Attachment CLE
Houston, TX 77002
Vessels are often seized on short notice, with narrow time windows, heightening the need to "get it right" on the first try. This free, one-hour CLE focused on the substantive, procedural, and government requirements for arrest or maritime attachment of a vessel. The CLE featured private attorneys, professional custodians, and an insurance claims professional who provided an in-depth discussion of the topics, as well as practice advice and lessons learned.
Richard Branca of Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, LLP
Raymond Waid of Liskow & Lewis
Alan Swimmer of National Liquidators & National Maritime Services
Rebecca Hamra of Charles Taylor PLC
The CLE was followed by a tour of the Port of Houston.
The AMLC partnered with the Florida Bar Admiralty Committee to present this seminar which focused on the substantive,procedural,and government requirements for arrest of a vessel. The program featured private attorneys, professional custodians, and government agents (USMS) who provided an in-depth discussion of the topics, as well as practical advice and lessons learned.
Topics covered included:
Common Pitfalls of Yacht Arrests from the U.S.Marshall Service Perspective
The Role of the Substitute Custodian in the Arrest and Custody of the Vessel
Ethics of Yacht Arrests
Update on Supplemental Rules B, C and E of Admiralty and Maritime Claims
Update of Lozman Jurisdictional Issues
Legislative Statutory and Regulatory Updates
Robert L. Gardana, Esq., Robert L. Gardana, P.A.
Lindsey Brock, Esq., Rumrell, McLeod & Brock
Glen Wilner, Assistant Chief U.S. Marshals Services
G. Robert Toney, National Liquidators & Maritime Services
Michelle Otero Valdes, Esq., Chalos & Co., P.C.
Michael McLeod, Esq., Rumrell, McLeod & Brock
Captain Alan S. Richard, Esq., Adjunct Professor, Florida State University School of Law
October 22, 2014:
ABA TIPS AMLC Presentation of Selected Works from the Tulane Maritime Law Journal
New Orleans, LA
Allison Fish, The Potential Application of 18 USC 1115 to Offshore Drilling Disasters: A Requiem for the Seaman's Manslaughter Act
Albert Farr, Federal Income Taxes and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marine Transportation: A Critique of the U.S. Owned, U.S. Flagged, Vessel's International Shipping Regime
David Friedman, A Court for Icarus: Defining Maritime Tort Jurisdiction in Aircraft Crash Cases
Bryan Kitz, Widening Gyre: The Seaman's Uncertain and Expanding Righ to Unearned Wages
Katherine Wiarda, The Problem's in the Proof: How Public Companies Can Prove Compliance with the Jones Act Vessel Citizenship Requirements for Eligibility in the U.S. Coastwise Trade
August 7, 2014:
ABA TIPS AMLC Annual Meeting CLE: Admiralty Practice in the 21st Century: Navigating Which Circuit Splits Will Lead to a Supreme Court Review
The presenters explored splits concerning the application of the Safe Port Doctrine and the Fire Defenses of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Fire Statute, as well as the removability of maritime cases. Attendees received the articles prepared by the speakers in conjunction with the writing competition for young lawyers sponsored by the ABA TIPS AMLC.
J. Ben Segarra, Pirate Hunting in the Circuit Seas: Defending the Main Fleet against Judicial Buccaneers
Donald A. Mau, The Most Significant Appellate Circuit Splits in Admiralty and Maritime Law