Doc. No.: 763
Date: March 28, 2002
March 2002 Document No. 763
PRESIDENT'S WINTER/SPRING 2002 NEWSLETTER
SPRING MEETING - NEW YORK
I am in the midst of preparations for our annual spring meeting in New York. This
will, of course, be our first meeting in New York since the tragic events of 9/11. It occurs
to me that this will be a wonderful opportunity for those of us who do not live in New
York to come to the meeting and be with our New York colleagues who have gone
through so much in connection with the tragic event. Sadly, there will be numerous
reminders of the tragedy and the loss of Rene Olson and Glenn Winuk. In addition to
Ground Zero, there is the fact that a number of our firms have had to relocate as a result
of the incident. As previously reported, Thacher Profitt is now ensconced at 11 West 42nd
Street. Hill, Betts & Nash is now at 99 Park Avenue, 20th Floor. Hill, Rivkins & Hayden
is now at 45 Broadway and Richard Zimmerman is at 140 Broadway, 35th Floor. In
addition, Haight Gardner, which had to move out of its offices for quite some time, have
returned to their original location. While we can never forget the horrors of the tragedy,
we should also be reminded of the tremendous strength, courage and resiliency shown by
our New York members. Their response to the devastation and disruptions caused by the
tragedy has been truly heartwarming and deserves our admiration.
Our meeting will take place during the week of April 29-May 3, culminating with
the usual General Meeting of the Association on Friday morning, May 3rd. As in the past,
the General Meeting will take place in the Great Hall of the Association of the Bar of the
City of New York, 42 W. 44th Street. There will be a black tie dinner at the Marriott
Marquis Hotel on Friday evening. This dinner is open, as usual, to members and guests.
By the time you receive this Newsletter you should have received the announcement for
Spring MLA week. I encourage you to indicate your intention to attend the dinner in
accordance with the provisions of the dinner notice as soon as possible. This will greatly
facilitate the work of Bret Kelly, the Chair of the Dinner Committee, and the others
serving on that Committee.
The meeting notice contains a complete listing of all committee meetings of the
Association that are scheduled for MLA week. The schedule for these meetings, and their
locations, can also be found on the MLA website at www.mlaus.org.
There will also be a CLE program provided on Friday afternoon by the Young
Lawyers Committee and the Forum of Maritime Law Teachers. The program is entitled
"When Limitation of Liability Laws Conflict" and the speakers will be Professor John
Paul Jones of the University of Richmond School of Law and Helen Benzie of New York.
As in the past, this program will take place in the Great Hall of the Association of the Bar
of the City of New York commencing at 2:30 p.m.
I recently appointed a Study Group on Publications, with particular reference to
the rising costs of publishing the MLA Report and the MLA Proceedings. Howard
McCormack chaired this committee. The other members were Marshall Keating, Jim
Bartlett, Glen Oxton, Liz Burrell, Matt Marion, Pat Bonner and Don Greenman. The cost
of publishing and mailing MLA Reports averages approximately $15,000 per issue. The
same is true for the cost of publishing and mailing the MLA Proceedings. Given the fact
that the MLA Report and Proceedings are available on our website, I asked the Study
Group to see if there is some way that we could reduce our publishing costs. The Study
Group has concluded that the MLA Report and Proceedings should continue to be
published in their bound form, at least for the foreseeable future. However, in light of the
fact that these publications are available on our website, the Study Group has
recommended that members be given the option not to receive these publications in
printed form and to receive notification by e-mail that the documents had been placed on
the website, with a link to that website. The Board has approved this approach, and I
enclose herein a postcard with two options listed. The first option choice should be
checked if you do NOT wish to receive the paper version of the Proceedings and the
MLA Report by mail. Whether or not you check the first option, you should check the
second option if you do wish to receive an e-mail notification when these documents are
available on our website. If you do nothing you will continue to receive the published
form of these documents in the mail.
Our Membership Secretary, Winston Rice, is already hard at work on the new
Directory in the hopes that it can be published soon after our meeting on May 3rd. May I
remind you that for those who wish it, the Directory will list your cell/mobile telephone
number. The change of address card in the front of the current Directory has a place for
you to fill in your cell phone number which you can then send to Buffalo so that it can be
included in the next Directory.
3. Non-Lawyer Membership
Applications for non-lawyer memberships still reach me in incomplete status. The
applications must have, at least, the recommendation of two proctor members. In
addition, a form that can be obtained on our website must be filled out. The application
and supporting letters should be sent to the President, not the Membership Secretary. See
Bylaw 204. For those of you who are not comfortable using the website but need the
form, a quick telephone call or e-mail to the President will result in your being sent a
copy of the correct form immediately.
4. Amicus Requests
We have acted on three additional requests for participation by the Association as
amicus curiae. The case of Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine raised the question of whether
state common law claims for failure to install propeller guards on recreational boats are
preempted by the U.S. Coast Guard's considered decision not to require such equipment
under the Federal Boat Safety Act. The Supreme Court of Illinois held that the common
law claims were preempted. The U. S. Supreme Court has granted claimant's Petition for
Certiorari. Interestingly, this same issue came before the Court several years ago in the
case of Lewis v. Brunswick Corp. However, that case was settled after oral argument.
The Supreme Court is obviously interested in the case, having granted certiorari a second
time on this question.
The Association has been asked to file a brief on the merits in support of the
position of Mercury Marine, the boat manufacturer. After careful consideration by me
and two Vice Presidents, the issue was referred to the Board. At its meeting in March the
Board voted unanimously to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting
Mercury Marine's position that common law claims are preempted in this case. The
laboring oar for drafting the brief will be carried by Josh Force under the supervision of
Pat Cooney, Chair of the Uniformity Committee, with assistance from Don Greenman,
Chair of the Recreational Boating Committee.
The second case is Bobby Owens v. Sea River Maritime, Inc. The question in this
case is whether Owens was a seaman for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If he
was a seaman, his employer would be exempt from the requirements for overtime pay. If
Owens was not seaman, he would be entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor
Standards Act. The heart of the case turns on whether or not the definition of seaman
under the Fair Labor Standards Act is to be construed more narrowly than, say, under the
Jones Act, or whether one who is a seaman under the Jones Act is necessarily a seaman
for all purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Fifth Circuit, following regulations
promulgated by the Department of Labor, held that Mr. Owens was a non-seaman for
purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and, accordingly, entitled to overtime pay
under the FSLA. Sea River Maritime is filing a Petition for Certiorari and asked the
MLA to file an amicus brief supporting its Petition. Certiorari has been sought in
previous cases of this type, including one going back to 1946, but the Supreme Court has
thus far denied certiorari. After consulting with the two vice presidents, and keeping in
mind that participation by the MLA as amicus curiae should be sparingly authorized, I
declined the request.
After consulting with the two vice presidents I also declined to participate as
amicus in the case of Freeze v. Lost Isle. This is a state court case in California in which
the defendant is seeking certiorari to the California Supreme Court from a decision by the
lower court that Plaintiff, though she could not qualify as a seaman for Jones Act status,
was entitled, as a "Sieracki" seaman, to have the court instruct the jury on negligence and
unseaworthiness under general maritime law. It should be noted that this was a request to
participate not at the Supreme Court of the United States level, but at the level of the
Supreme Court of California. It is rare that the Association appears as amicus in cases
below the Supreme Court of the United States level.
5. Coronado Meeting
I am happy to report that despite the impact of the events of September 11th, our
Fall Meeting at the Hotel del Coronado was a financial success. Indeed, we were able to
refund registration fees to all of those who were forced to cancel and still ended up with a
reasonable profit. This was, of course, largely due to the efforts of Tony Whitman and
his Arrangements Committee. Aside from the usual problems and difficulties that face
any arrangements committees in connection with our resort meetings, Tony and his group
had to deal with the consequences of the fallout from September 11th. They could not
have done a better job, and the Association owes them a debt of gratitude. Further, I
think the meeting was more than just a financial success. Over 300 members and guests
attended and this just one month after September 11th. As The Maritime Advocate
It was against this sobering backdrop [September 11] that
delegates came together for the USMLA fall meeting. Bonds
of friendship, respect and support were the norm, despite the
fact that many members are competitors in a difficult market.
The ability to rise above this is one of the hallmarks, and
strengths, of the USMLA.
Some of you may have noticed a new feature on our website. We have added a
feature to the opening page called "What's New." Here we list announcements and
documents that have recently been added to the website. Accordingly, you will find on
this list the four or five most current additions to the site.
I would also like to call your attention to the links section of the website. When I
took office, I asked Professor John Paul Jones of the University of Richmond T. C.
Williams School of Law to take this area of our site in hand and improve the links that we
offer to our membership. He has made tremendous strides in this respect, and we all owe
him our heartfelt thanks for his continuing efforts. Indeed, his work will never really be
over because he is constantly considering and adding new links as they are developed.
For those of you who believe that certain sites should be added to our links section, please
contact Professor Jones. His fax number is 804-289-8211.
1. Practice and Procedure Committee
Jim Bartlett, the Chair of the Committee on Practice and Procedure has written to
the Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Administrative
Office of the United States Courts concerning proposed amendments to Rule 53 of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which deal with masters. Of particular concern to the
Committee was the proposal in new Rule 53(a)(3) which would prohibit a master from
appearing before a judge who made an appointment. Other concerns were the wording in
the rule that only under certain circumstances, if any, could a master communicate ex
parte with a court or a party, and whether, if the parties consented, a master's findings of
fact were final without the necessity of the court's consent provided, however, that the
court would have the right to review an award in the same fashion that the court can
review an award and decision by an arbitrator. These comments, which were submitted
as those of the Committee only because of the need for speed in meeting a deadline, were
subsequently approved by the Board at its meeting on March 9. On March 13 I wrote to
the Secretary advising him that the comments in Mr. Bartlett's letter should be viewed as
those of the Association.
2. Marine Finance Committee.
At the request of the Marine Finance Committee, I have recently written the
Commandant of the Coast Guard seeking comment on the status of certain Coast Guard
regulatory initiatives. For some years our Marine Finance Committee has been working
with the National Vessel Documentation Center in an effort to have the Coast Guard
publish certain proposed regulations for public comment primarily, but not exclusively,
with respect to recreational vessels. These rule making initiatives include:
1. Consolidation of the Builder's Certificate with the Manufacturer's
Certificate or Statement of Origin (seemingly the oldest of the initiatives);
2. Requirement of a hull identification number for federal documentation of a
3. Requiring the surrender of the certificates of title for a state-titled vessel
before it can be federally documented; and
4. Requiring federal preferred mortgagees to file a discharge of a preferred
mortgage directly with the National Vessel Documentation Center when the
debt secured is satisfied with special rules for revolving loans.
I emphasized to Admiral Loy that the MLA is cognizant of, and fully supports, the fact
that after the events of September 11 the Coast Guard's overwhelming concern must be
for port and maritime security and regulations pertaining thereto. However, I did express
the MLA's keen interest in the rule-making initiatives referred to above and inquired as to
their status. I emphasized that these initiatives were an important concern for involved
owners, financiers and their attorneys, and that they should not be controversial.
3. Ad Hoc Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
In March of this year, as recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice and approved by the Board, I wrote to the Chairman of the ABA
Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice concerning the interim report of that
Commission dated November 8, 2001. I noted that we were pleased to see that the
proposed Model Rule 5.5 and the Commission's recommendations, particularly
recommendation 3, adopted a safe harbors approach previously recommended by this
Association and other organizations. I did, however, propose a change to Model Rule
5.5. My letter notes that the Commission had stated in comment 3.6 that "Federal
[including admiralty law], international and foreign law are areas that ordinarily involve
special expertise; the client has an interest in retaining a specialist in federal tax,
securities or anti-trust law, with the law of a foreign jurisdiction [or admiralty law],
regardless of where the lawyer has been admitted to practice law." I pointed out that such
engagements generally involve counseling by the specialist lawyer that can extend over
many years rather than being of a temporary nature. Accordingly, we recommended a
change to 5.5 that would reflect that fact and would accord a safe harbor on a more
permanent basis, rather than a rule that authorizes only temporary intrusions into other
jurisdictions. At a subsequent American Bar Association Foundation luncheon seminar
attended by Liz Burrell, one of the members of the Commission gave a talk on the current
proposals before the Commission in which he emphasized that in crafting a rule on multi-jurisdictional practice, it was likely that the Commission would only recognize temporary
intrusions into other jurisdictions.
4. Committee Chair Assignments
A number of current committee chairs' four-year terms end on May 3.
Accordingly, there will be the following changes in committee chair assignments as of
1. Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships - Ann Miller will be replaced by Michael
2. Marine Insurance - Jean Knudsen will be replaced by Steve Rible.
3. Maritime Criminal Law - Charlie Donovan will be replaced by Tom Russo.
4. Maritime Legislation - Harold Watson will be replaced by Barbara Burke.
5. Proctor Admissions - Warren Marwedel will be replaced by Mike Ryan.
6. Recreational Boating - Don Greenman will be replaced by Tom Russell.
7. Uniformity - Pat Cooney will be replaced by Kim Kearney.
8. ABA Relations - Chet Hooper will be replaced by Jim Moseley.
9. Dinner Arrangements - Bret Kelly will be replaced by David Loh.
In addition, the Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Substances, formerly
chaired by John Lillis, will be eliminated, and the work of that committee will be
included within the framework of the Marine Ecology Committee.
All of these outgoing committee chairs have served the Association well and
nobly. Indeed, I could not have functioned without them. To them I say thank you very
much for a job well done.
The CMI Draft Instrument on the International Carriage of Goods by Sea has been
forwarded to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
which has appointed a working group to prepare a Draft Convention on this subject. The
United States Delegation to this working group is headed by Mary Helen Carlson of the
State Department's Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Private International Law.
Other members of the Delegation will be Steve Miller of the State Department's Office of
Maritime and Land Transportation, Edmund T. Sommer of the Office of the Chief
Counsel of the Maritime Administration. MLA members Chester D. Hooper, Professor
Michael Sturley, Vince DeOrchis and George Chandler complete the official U. S.
The U.S. Delegation has been meeting and conferring with interested parties to
assist the Departments of State and Transportation in determining the U.S. negotiating
position for the first session of the UNCITRAL working group, which will take place in
New York from April 15 to April 26, 2002. The next session of the UNCITRAL working
group will take place in Vienna from September 16 through September 20, 2002.
2. COMITE MARITIME INTERNATIONAL
The next CMI Assembly will take place in London on Friday, May 10, 2002. Two
positions on the CMI Executive Council open up this year. The MLA has proposed that
these positions be filled by Dr. Henry Li of the Chinese Maritime Law Association and
Jose M. Alcantara of the Spanish Maritime Law Association. In addition, the MLA has
proposed that Michael J. Ryan of Hill, Betts and Nash be made a Titulary Member.
The CMI Joint International Working Group on Issues in General Average held its
second session in London on December 5, 2001. Frank Wiswall chairs this working
group and Past President Howard McCormack, a former average adjuster and current
Chairman of the Average Adjusters Association of the United States, is a member of the
working group and represented the MLA at this meeting. The working group is
considering changes proposed by IUMI to the York Antwerp Rules. A meeting of the
working group was also held in London on March 18-19 and the next meeting will be in
Copenhagen on June 27-28, 2002.
(a) CMI Places of Refuge Questionnaire
At the 83rd Session of the IMO Legal Committee held in October, 2001 the
Assistant Secretary General reminded the Committee of the problems encountered by the
tanker CASTOR in finding a place of safety in which her cargo could be transshipped
following the development of a severe structural problem. The Delegates to the Legal
Committee at that session gave a mandate to the IMO Secretariat, working in
collaboration with the CMI, to make a study of the legal issues. The Maritime Safety
Committee of the IMO recommended the establishment of a non-mandatory international
regime to tackle the problem. The CMI, in consultation with the IMO's Secretariat,
developed a questionnaire with a view to collecting as much information as possible
concerning the laws applicable to places of refuge in the countries of CMI member
associations. Through the efforts of Dennis Bryant, Chair of the Coast Guard and
Navigation Committee, Sam Menefee, Chair of the Law of the Sea Committee, Matt
Marion, Chair of the Marine Ecology Committee, Bill Storz, Chair of the Salvage
Committee, and Professor David Sharpe, a very quick turnaround on the preparation of
the responses to this questionnaire was accomplished, approved by the Board, and
submitted to the CMI in February of this year. I owe a real debt of thanks to Messrs.
Sharpe, Storz, Bryant, Menefee and Marion for turning to so quickly, efficiently, and well
on this important project. Our response has been published on our website. As noted
below, the Places of Refuge issue will be on the IMO Legal Committee's Agenda when it
meets in April of this year.
(b) Long-term Planning
For those of you who like to do a little long-term planning, you should know that
at present the CMI intends to hold its next Colloquium in June 2003 in Marseilles and its
next Conference in June of 2004 in Vancouver.
4. IMO Legal Committee
The 84th Session of the IMO Legal Committee will take place in London from
April 22 through April 26, 2002. Major items on the agenda are the Draft Convention on
Wreck Removal; the review of the 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful
Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation and its Protocol relating to Fixed
Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf; Places of Refuge; and a draft protocol to
amend the 1992 Fund Convention.
Not on the agenda is the Protocol to the Athens Convention on the Carriage of
Passengers and Luggage at Sea. At its 83rd meeting last October the Legal Committee
ostensibly completed its work on the basic liability regime for a Protocol to the Athens
Convention. At that session the Committee adopted a two tier system for the liability
regime. For accidents caused by shipping incidents the carrier is strictly liable (up to a
certain limit) unless the accident was caused by an act of war or the like. Above the strict
liability limit the carrier is further liable unless it can prove the incident which caused the
loss occurred without its fault or neglect, i.e., a reverse burden of proof. For non-shipping
incidents the Committee rejected a proposal that the carrier again be subjected to a
reverse burden of proof. For these incidents the burden of proof will be on the claimant.
A shipping incident is defined to mean an incident that is caused by shipwreck, collision,
etc. including a defect in the ship. Concern was expressed by the U. S. Delegation, at the
urging of the MLA, that the term "Defect" be defined more precisely. The following
definition of defect in the ship was agreed to in principle, although it was noted that
further work might be required on the draft text to insure that the definition clearly
distinguishes between the hotel type elements and the navigational elements of a ship:
"Defect in the ship" means any malfunction or failure in any
part of the ship or its equipment when used for passenger
escape, embarkation and disembarkation, or used for
propulsion, steering, safe navigation, mooring, anchoring,
leaving a berth or anchorage, flooding safety, stability and the
operation of emergency boat winches.
The Committee also approved provisions that would allow States to provide for no
limits on the overall liability of the carrier beyond strict liability, and that provide for
compulsory insurance and direct action against underwriters. The MLA had opposed the
provisions on limitation of liability, direct action against underwriters and strict liability.
None of the limitation amounts that would be included in the Protocol were
decided upon by the Legal Committee, those decisions being deemed best left to the
Diplomatic Conference that will take place this fall.
While, as noted, the current agenda for the Legal Committee's meeting this April
does not include the Athens Convention Protocol, since the Committee's last meeting, the
Chairman of the International Group of P & I Clubs has written to all of the members of
the Athens Protocol correspondence group noting that the P & I Clubs have become
increasingly concerned that a detailed consideration of the limitation figures to be inserted
in the Draft Protocol should not be left to the Diplomatic Conference. He expresses the P
& I Clubs' fundamental concern as being that "limitation figures to be proposed for
insertion in the present draft text will be so high that existing insurance coverage will not
be able to respond". He notes, inter alia, that passenger carriers account for less than 5%
of the tonnage entered in the clubs, but that the levels of liability discussed so far "would
present a massive exposure to the membership as a whole, not only directly to the entire
membership but also indirectly by affecting the reinsurance which underpins the coverage
offered by the Clubs." He goes on to state that, "Faced with this imbalance, there is a
strong possibility that Clubs would refuse to provide the necessary cover." His letter then
addresses the question of whether the commercial market would be able to provide the
necessary cover in the absence of club cover, and suggests that this question be addressed
well prior to the scheduled Diplomatic Conference. He recommends that attempts to
establish the commercial market's willingness to respond should concentrate on whether
cover could be made available in the event that it is not available from the P & I clubs,
either directly or by way of reinsurance.
Whether or not this information will necessitate some further discussion at the
Legal Committee meeting despite the fact that it is not currently on the agenda remains to
be seen. A safe prediction is, however, that there will be plenty of talk "in the margins"
concerning this subject.
5. MLA Advisory Role
The MLA continues to be called on by our federal government to assist in an
advisory role. As noted above, Messrs. Sturley, Hooper, DeOrchis and Chandler are
among the members of the U.S. Delegation to the UNCITRAL working group on issues
of transport law. Ray Hayden and I will be going to London the week before MLA week
as members of the U.S. Delegation to the IMO Legal Committee. At a recent meeting in
New York (March 4-March 8, 2002) of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration
and Conciliation, Chet Hooper attended as a representative of the CMI which has been
granted observer status. Don Kennedy was present on behalf of the MLA as an advisor to
the U.S. Delegation to this working group.
Alan Van Praag continues to be consulted by the State Department on the Hague
Convention for Reciprocal Enforcement of Money Judgments. Just recently Tom Russo,
who will be taking over the chairmanship of the Committee on Maritime Criminal Law,
traveled to Washington to consult informally with members of the staff of Senator Patrick
Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on potential criminal provisions to be
contained in the Port and Maritime Security Act currently under discussion in Congress.
These are just a few of the instances where we have been called upon by
governmental departments or agencies to assist in matters concerning maritime law. In
my view, this is one of the most important services that we can perform as an
ACTIVITIES OF THE PRESIDENT ON BEHALF OF THE ASSOCIATION
The pace of my activities following our meeting in Coronado slackened a bit. The
officers did hold a meeting on January 10 in Washington, D.C. Following our meeting
we met over lunch with lawyers of the Navy, Coast Guard and other government agencies
with whom we come in contact in various ways. Those attending the meeting were -
from the Coast Guard - Rear Admiral Robert F. Duncan, Chief Counsel, Captain Joseph
Ahern, Chief, Maritime International Law Division, Captain Derrick Capazzi, Chief
Legal Officer for the National Pollution Fund Center; From the Navy - Rear Admiral
Michael Lohr, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Captain Rand Pixa, Senior Admiralty
Counsel, Captain Richard Evans, Admiralty Counsel, and Captain David Hardy, Assistant
Judge Advocate General; From the State Department - Ashley Roach and Robert
Blumberg. Also attending was Linda Burlington, General Counsel for Natural Resources
for the NOAA. Dennis Bryant, the Chair of the MLA Committee on Navigation, Coast
Guard and Government Regulations rounded out the guest invitation list. These
luncheons have become an annual affair. They give those working for the government an
opportunity to meet and talk with the MLA officers in a very informal and relaxed setting.
This luncheon will, I hope, remain a fixture on the MLA's schedule.
On March 8-9, we held the MLA Officers' and Board Meeting, respectively, at the
Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, near Mobile Bay. Our Second Vice
President, Tom Rue, made all the arrangements for this meeting, and the Officers and
Board Members were hosted at a cocktail party before dinner on Friday night by the
attorneys and firms from Mobile and South Alabama. This meeting at the "Southern
Riviera" was a wonderful opportunity for the Officers and Board Members to mix with
our MLA members in the Mobile area. Our thanks to Tom Rue for laying the ground
work for a very enjoyable meeting and to the Mobile area firms that hosted our cocktail
On March 23rd, I was one of the judges in the semi-final round of the John W.
Brown Moot Court Competition which took place in New Orleans. The competition,
which was quite close, was won by a team from the University of Texas, Rebecca
Jackson and John Barcus. Rebecca Jackson is the daughter of Houston member, Brad
On behalf of the MLA I presented the award for the best brief for the competition
which was won by a team from the University of Houston Law Center, Chad Newton and
SCHEDULE OF FUTURE MLA AND RELATED EVENTS
1. IMO Legal Committee Meeting: To be held in London on April 22-26, 2002.
2. MLA Board Meeting: To be held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New
York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, May 2, 2002.
3. MLA Annual Spring General Meeting: To be held at the Association of the Bar of
the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, May 3, 2002.
4. Association of Average Adjusters Annual Meeting: To be held in London on May
5. CMI Assembly: To be held in London on May 10, 2002.
6. Canadian Maritime Law Association Annual General Meeting: To be held in
Montreal on June 14, 2002.
7. Houston Marine Insurance Seminar: To be held in Houston on September 22-24,
8. IMO Legal Committee Meeting: To be held in London on October 21-25, 2002.
9. Diplomatic Conference on Protocol to the Athens Convention on the Carriage of
Passengers and Their Luggage By Sea: To be held in London on October 28-November 1, 2002.
10. MLA Board Meeting: To be held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New
York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, October 31, 2002.
11. MLA Annual Fall General Meeting: To be held at the Association of the Bar of the
City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, November 1, 2002.
This is my last newsletter. It is hard for me to believe that my two year term has
passed so quickly. Many meetings, a lot of travel, a number of speaking engagements,
and a mountain of e-mails. To say that I have loved every minute of it would be an
understatement. To our younger members who are considering whether or not they
should participate in the MLA I would say -- Don't waste a minute. Get involved as
quickly as you can. It is not difficult if you are willing to work. All you have to do is ask
and the rewards are many. Among these are, of course, the educational aspects; the
contacts and friends that you will make; the interesting work in which the Association is
engaged; the travel; as well as the satisfaction of every lawyer's obligation to give
something back to his or her profession. All of these are important factors but, in
addition, you will also find that the time and effort that you commit to the Association are
not only rewarding, but great fun.
All of the experiences that I have had over the past two years, including the
tragedy of September 11, have made it even more clear to me what a great honor it has
been to serve as President of this unique Association. I do hope that I will have the
opportunity in the future to be of some small service once again.
In closing I say to you, thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your
William R. Dorsey, III