American Bar Association
General Committees: Admiralty and Maritime Law
TIPS Section

General Committees:
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Letter from the Chair, Pamela Annette Palmer

Pam Palmer 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.

You can find us on the ABA TIPS AMLC page and on LinkedIn. If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved feel free to contact me at

Come check us out. We would love to hear from you.



Special Announcements

Admiralty Practice in the 21st Century: Navigating Which Circuit Splits Will Lead to a Supreme Court Review

For those who missed the ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee's program at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, the recording and slides are available here: Admiralty Practice in the 21st Century

ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee November Meeting November 20, 2014 at 12:30 EST/9:30 PST

Dial-In Number – 866-646-6488

Conference Code 1885350536

This month our guest speaker will be Cynthia Hudson of HudsonAnalytix. Cynthia will discuss issues involving maritime cyber security – a hot topic that encompasses everything from the ability for a third party to threaten port security to the disclosure of confidential pricing documents. We will also discuss the status of many Committee projects including a regional event in Miami and other events in New Orleans and Chicago.


1. Introduction (Pam Palmer)

2. Maritime Cyber Security (Cynthia Hudson)

3. Deepwater Horizon – Annual Meeting CLE – Chicago 2015 (Mike Daly)

4. Miami Regional Event (Robert Gardana/Ray Waid)

5. ABA Houston Mid-Year Meeting Planning (Ray Waid)

6. Tulane/ALI Seminar (Jim Koelzer)

7. Law Student Writing Competition (Jim Koelzer)

8. Young Lawyer Writing Competition (Pam Palmer)

9. Other Business

If you are unable to attend but are interested in any of the above topics please feel free to email Pam Palmer at:

ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Meeting

October 16, 2014


Peter Black, Philip C. Brickman, Eric S. Daniel, Robert L. Gardana, Sarah Yantakosol Gayer, Grady S. Hurley, James P. Koelzer, Madeline J. Meacham, Brian Miller, Chris Nolan, Pamela Palmer, Douglas W. Truxillo, Ray Waid

1. Introduction by Pam Palmer (

2. Tulane Event Update by Ray Waid (

Ray discussed how the Committee is hosting a Presentation of Selected Works from the Tulane Maritime Law Journal on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans. This event gives law students at Tulane an opportunity to present to their papers and meet maritime attorneys and members of the industry.

3. Miami Regional Event Update by Robert Gardana (

Robert is currently planning a vessel arrest CLE to take place in January in Miami, Florida that will focus on arresting yachts. Robert will be a speaker and has obtained the participation of: (1) the U.S. Marshall Service to discuss the common pitfalls in vessel arrests; (2) Robert Tooney with National Maritime Services to provide the perspective of the substitute custodian; and (3) Michelle Otero Valdez to discuss the economic concerns with vessel arrests. Robert is currently confirming the location for the CLE. He is also confirming whether or not there will be any involvement or co-sponsorship with the Federal Bar Association or a local maritime organization.

There may be a second vessel arrest CLE that will focus on ship arrests at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston in February at Royston Rayzor.

4. TIPS Law Journal Survey Issue Update by Pam Palmer (

The survey article will be submitted to the ABA TIPS Journal on November 14th. The focus this year is on truly noteworthy decisions from the Courts of Appeal (or any areas of total disarray among the Circuits at the district court level) and regulatory changes. The specific topics include: the LHWCA Situs test; post-Kirby treatment of the Shipping Act and Carmack Amendment; the fair opportunity doctrine and interpretation of Safe Port and Safe Berth warranties in charter parties; effects of amendments to the removal statute; seamen’s rights to recover punitive damages for employers’ willful and wanton failure to make the vessel seaworthy; and maritime alter ego and fraudulent conveyance.

5. ABA Houston Mid-Year Meeting and ACI Admiralty Conference Update by Pam Palmer (

The American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation is scheduled for February 4-5, 2015 in Houston, Texas which matches up nicely with the ABA Midyear Meeting which is scheduled for February 5-8, 2015. Given the convenient scheduling of the ACI Conference occurring right before the ABA meeting and the great location in the port city of Houston, the Committee would like to plan a CLE and/or social event. The Committee discussed potentially having a port tour and the scheduling, logistical and financial issues associated with such event. Other ideas included having part two of the vessel arrest CLE with a focus on ship rather than recreational vessels at a local law firm with co-sponsorship with a local maritime organization similar to the co-sponsorship at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.

For more details about the ACI Admiralty Conference, please see: ACI Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation

6. BP Settlement CLE

The Committee is beginning to plan a CLE to be co-sponsored with the Business Litigation Committee at the ABA Annual Meeting regarding the enforcement and dissolution of settlement agreements in light of what has happened with the BP settlement. This CLE really will be about contract law and the methods available to dissolve or prevent the dissolution of settlement agreements.

7. Membership Drive

8. TIPS Napa Fall Meeting Events

October 16th at 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception at Crush Ultra Lounge

October 17th at 2:30 p.m. Wine Tasting at Del Dotto Wine Cave

October 17th at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at Bottega Ristorante with Business Litigation Committee and Appellate Practice Committee

October 18th at 6:00 p.m. TIPS Reception and Dinner at Trinitas Estate Wine Cave

9. Other Business

The future ABA and TIPS Meetings for 2015 are as follows:

ABA Midyear Meeting: February 2015 in Houston, Texas

TIPS Section Conference: April 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

ABA Annual Meeting: July 2015 in Chicago, Illinois

TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting: October 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona

ABA Midyear Meeting: February 2016 in San Diego, California

ABA Annual Meeting: August 2016 in San Francisco, California


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