Schedule | 2012 ABA MIDYEAR MEETING

  • Midyear Meeting Schedule

Grand Ballroom B, 5th Floor, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street

Lafayette Ballroom West, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Operators of emergency response vessels found themselves entwined in the Deepwater Horizon multi-district litigation as a result of their firefighting efforts.  The Deepwater crisis raises new and important questions on the appropriate liabilities of deep sea rescue companies under maritime and general law.  What stand of liability should be applied, as a matter of law and of public policy?  What impact do such regimes have on the willingness of such companies to respond to the next Deepwater Horizon type incident, their costs and the competitive market for services?  Does the need for retributive justice in the aftermath of catastrophic accidents outweigh other concerns?  Is there a need to amend the OPA 90 legislation in order to make responders immune from such claims?  The panel will address these emerging issues concerning legal liabilities for rescue efforts in catastrophic accidents, such as the Deepwater Oil Spill.

Co-Sponsors:
Section of International Law International Transportation Committee

Program Chair:
Julien Meyer, LeBlanc Bland P.L.L.C., New Orleans, Louisiana

Moderator & Speaker: 
Professor Robert Force, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Speakers:
Anthony C. Marino, Slattery Marino & Roberts, New Orleans, Louisiana
Marc Roy, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana
William Riviere, Phelps Dunbar LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana

Materials:
Written Materials

Lafayette Ballroom East, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Primary Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress
Fleur de Lis A, Lobby Level, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street  

This free program will focus on the legal research services and resources available from the Law Library of Congress and other free online collections. Following a general overview of the Law Library and its services available to lawyers, librarians and researchers around the world, there will be an explanation of the organization, structure and content of THOMAS, covering federal legislative information beginning with the 104th Congress (1995) with full texts of bills, resolutions, the Congressional Record, legislative calendars, committee information, treaties plus much more!  Learn about the Law Library's global research services and vast collections in 195 languages from over 220 jurisdictions worldwide.  Expert legal researchers will also highlight other free online collections and search engines to equip participants with reliable sources for legal research. 

Learning Outcomes:
1.  Familiarity with the specialized services, websites, collections and expert legal research staff available from the Law Library of Congress free to all including solos, practicing lawyers, librarians, researchers and those new to the profession;
2.  Understanding of the organization, structure, content, and search strategies to perform time-saving legal research in THOMAS and other free legal databases from your own computer wherever you are in the world; and
3.  Interactive research demonstrations and explanations of websites and other research products produced and maintained by the Law Library of Congress as well as other authoritative Web-based collections and useful search engines.

Co-Sponsors:
ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, ABA Section of International Law, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Services, ABA Public Services Division

Moderator & Speaker: 
Matthew Braun, Law Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Lafayette Ballroom West, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Two years after the Gulf Oil Spill, many contend that Washington continues to keep a “boot on the neck” of exploration and production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in the name of the environment. Meanwhile, Cuba is set to begin drilling 50 miles from Florida. This program will analyze the legal background which has led to this paradox, explore the perspectives of both industry and environmentalists and consider  what the United States can do to minimize the risk of U.S. environmental damage from Cuba’s new drilling program.

Co-Sponsors:
Section of International Law International Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Program Chair & Moderator: 
Brian D. Wallace, Phelps Dunbar LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana

Speakers: 
Professor Adam Babich, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic (TELC), Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sam Giberga, Hornbeck Offshore Services, Covington, Louisiana
Robert Wiygul, Waltzer & Wiygul, LLP, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Materials:
Written Materials

Lafayette Ballroom East, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Bayside C, 4th Floor, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street

Lafayette Ballroom East, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Primary Sponsor: ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Studio 9, 2nd Floor, New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street  

Throughout our history, past and recent, we have been plagued by disasters caused by negligence. If you were to Google this subject today, the search results would include “Katrina Flooding Caused by Army Corps of Engineers’ Negligence”, “Three Causes of BP’s Oil Disaster”, and among others “Readying for Trouble: Yearlong Initiative By TIPS Focuses On...”  Please register today and join us for this educational, timely and extremely worthwhile program during the ABA Midyear Meeting.

Co-Sponsors:
ABA Section of International Law, ABA Judicial Division, ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law, ABA Public Services Division

Moderators: 
Allan Kanner, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jennifer Kilpatrick, New Orleans, Louisiana

Speakers: 
Dave Deppe, Overland Park, Kansas
Theodore R. Henke, New Orleans, Louisiana
Hon. Madeline Landrieu, New Orleans, Louisiana
Professor Francis McGovern, Durham, North Carolina
Hon. Karen W Roby, New Orleans, Louisiana
Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, Houston, Texas

Napoleon Ballroom C3, 3rd Floor, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street

Lafayette Ballroom, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Lafayette Ballroom, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Orleans Room, Second Level, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal Street

Primary Sponsor: ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Japanese Room, Second Floor, Antoine’s Restaurant, 713 Rue Saint Louis, New Orleans

(Sections of Antitrust Law, Business Law, International Law, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law and Taxation)
Primary Sponsor: ABA Section of Taxation
Bayside B, 4th Floor, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street

Primary Sponsor: ABA Center for Human Rights
Bayside B/C, 4th Floor, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street