Speaking Engagement

Maritime Law 101

Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE

Online Webinar

Blank Rome Maritime attorneys William R. Bennett III, Lauren B. Wilgus, Douglas J. Shoemaker, Stefanos N. Roulakis, and Kierstan L. Carlson will be speakers at the Federal Bar Association myLawCLE “Maritime Law 101” program, being held Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:20 p.m. EDT, as an online webinar. Also available as an on-demand video.


1:00—“Arbitrating Maritime Disputes in the United States”

Speaker: Bill Bennett

A practical guide to arbitration clauses; arbitral bodies in the Unites States hearing maritime related disputes; how to initiate arbitration; obtaining the Award; and, enforcing the Award.

1:36—“Pre-Judgment Remedies Under U.S. Maritime Law”

Speaker: Lauren Wilgus

A practical guide to attaching and arresting vessels and other property in the United States. Specifically, the grounds for attachment and arrest under the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the procedures for obtaining an order of attachment and the arrest of vessels.

2:12—“Introduction to Maritime Contracts – Charterparties”

Speaker: Douglas Shoemaker

Whether you want a vessel for a project, a voyage or a particular period of time, you will need an agreement—generally a charterparty. Topics include basic structure of bareboat, time and voyage charters, and many of the key issues for consideration when drafting and negotiating these agreements. We will also address available forms and particularly important clauses and hot-button issues.

2:48—“Maritime Regulatory Law Overview”

Speaker: Stefanos Roulakis

Topics include the international and administrative foundations of maritime regulatory law, manning, safety, cabotage requirements, and a focus on maritime environmental law—where the rubber meets the road on the maritime regulatory regime. Environmental topics include ballast water, air emissions and civil oil spill regimes.

3:44—“Current Criminal and Civil Enforcement Trends within the Maritime Industry”

Speaker: Kierstan Carlson

Enforcement risks relating to environmental and safety violations, including MARPOL, the Clean Water Act, the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, and the Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute. Other criminal enforcement risks facing shipping companies, both domestic and international, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, and Sanctions.

CLE credit is available.