Adjunct Nominations
  • Chair: WARREN J. MARWEDEL
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS

  • American Bar Association Relations
  • Arbitration and ADR
  • Reviews current developments in arbitration and mediation in the United States and abroad; analyzes the effect of domestic legislation and international law on arbitration practice; encourages increased utilization of alternative dispute resolution methods in maritime contexts; has proposed mediation guidelines; maintains a close relationship with the Society of Maritime Arbitrators and other arbitral organizations.
    Chair: PETER SKOUFALOS
    Vice Chair: CHRISTOPHER R. NOLAN
    Secretary: LINDSAY A. SAKAL
    Board Liaison: BRIAN P.R. EISENHOWER
    YLC Liaison: CASEY O’BRIEN
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND

  • Arbitration and ADR: Liaison with Society of Maritime Arbitrators Subcommittee
  • Reviews current developments in arbitration and mediation in the United States and abroad; analyzes the effect of domestic legislation and international law on arbitration practice; encourages increased utilization of alternative dispute resolution methods in maritime contexts; has proposed mediation guidelines; maintains a close relationship with the Society of Maritime Arbitrators and other arbitral organizations.
    Chair: PETER SKOUFALOS
    Vice Chair: CHRISTOPHER R. NOLAN
    Secretary: LINDSAY A. SAKAL
    Board Liaison: BRIAN P.R. EISENHOWER
    YLC Liaison: CASEY O’BRIEN
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND

  • BIMCO
  • Representative: DON P. MURNANE, JR.

  • Carriage of Goods
  • Studies court decisions and regimes of law covering the allocation of risks of cargo at sea and in intermodal transportation, including, e.g., the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, the Rotterdam Rules, Hague Rules, Visby Amendments drafted by the Comité Maritime International, the 1978 Hamburg Rules Convention, as well as various other international agreements and transportation regimes of trading partners of the United States; tracks developments in subjects related to property transport and logistics chains, including utilization of autonomous carriage systems, bills of lading, letters of indemnity, e-commerce, and detention and demurrage considerations; with publication of a newsletter on current developments.

    Chair: DENNIS A. CAMMARANO
    Vice Chair: MARK E. NEWCOMB
    Secretary: BRIAN P.R. EISENHOWER
    Board Liaison: WILLIAM ROBERT CONNOR, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: KATHERINE CHRISTODOULATOS

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • The MLA is accredited by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as a provider of continuing legal education (CLE) to attorneys admitted to the New York Bar. The MLA CLE Committee oversees the MLA’s New York CLE accreditation. This involves advising other MLA Committees and external CLE co-sponsors on the requirements and procedures for ensuring that MLA sponsored and co-sponsored CLE programs are worthy of CLE credit. To qualify for CLE credit in New York, a program must cover appropriate legal topics; provide its attendees with written papers prepared by the speakers; speakers’ biographies; certificates of attendance; course evaluations; and sign-in sheets. Any MLA Committee or other organization wishing to obtain CLE credit for a program through the MLA is requested to contact the MLA CLE Committee Chair for a more complete description of the procedures required to obtain CLE credit.

    Chair: BRIAN P.R. EISENHOWER
    Secretary: MICHAEL DEHART
    Board Liaison: CAROLYN ELIZABETH BUNDY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: JESSICA LINK MARTYN

  • Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships
  • Provides a forum for those involved in all aspects of this industry; reviews  developments and challenges arising from cruise and passenger ship operations and monitors governmental regulations affecting the industry.

    Chair: PATRICK MICHAEL LEAHY
    Vice Chair: K. BLYTHE DALY
    Secretary: JERRY D. HAMILTON
    Board Liaison: JAMES F. MOSELEY JR.
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ZACHARY POLITIS

  • Cybersecurity
  • Reviews legal and practical developments involving cybersecurity in the maritime environment; keeps the Association informed of developments in cybersecurity risk management and regulatory compliance; maintains close contact with Classification Societies and the U.S. Coast Guard on cybersecurity issues.

    Chair: JOHN C. CLEARY
    Vice Chair: CHARLES J. MCCARTHY
    Secretary: KATE B. BELMONT
    Board Liaison: LYNN L. KRIEGER
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: YAAKOV ADLER

  • Fisheries
  • Serves as a forum for monitoring maritime law issues as they impact the fishing industry; while keeping the MLA membership up-to-date on legal developments in this important segment of U.S. maritime commerce, the Fisheries Committee also considers proposals for change in the statutes and regulations affecting the fishing industry.

    Chair: DAVID S. SMITH
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM H. WELTE
    Secretary: CHRISTOPHER N. HARRELL
    Board Liaison: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: RICHARD BEAUMONT

  • Government Counsel
  • Chair: R. MICHAEL UNDERHILL
    Vice Chair: JESSICA L. MCCLELLAN
    Secretary: MICHAEL A. DILAURO
    Board Liaison: MARK E. NEWCOMB
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: LCDR SALOMEE G. BRIGGS

  • In-House Counsel
  • Chair: THOMAS M. WYNNE
    Vice-Chair: KURT C. ODELL
    Secretary: ALESSANDRA TEBALDI
    Board Liaison: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: CARROL HAND

  • Inland Waters and Towing
  • Provides a forum for all aspects of the inland waters practice, including the rivers and Great Lakes, as well as all aspects of the towing industry, including inland towing, ocean towing, ship assist and docking.

    Chair: MARISSA M. HENDERSON
    Vice Chair: DAVID R. BOYAJIAN
    Secretary: JASON C. PEDIGO
    Board Liaison: WILLIAM J. RIVIERE
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ROWEN ASPRODITES

  • Inland Waters and Towing: America’s Marine Highway Subcommittee
  • Provides a forum for all aspects of the inland waters practice, including the rivers and Great Lakes, as well as all aspects of the towing industry, including inland towing, ocean towing, ship assist and docking.

    Chair: MARISSA M. HENDERSON
    Vice Chair: DAVID R. BOYAJIAN
    Secretary: JASON C. PEDIGO
    Board Liaison: WILLIAM J. RIVIERE
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ROWEN ASPRODITES

  • Inland Waters and Towing: The Great Lakes Subcommittee
  • Provides a forum for all aspects of the inland waters practice, including the rivers and Great Lakes, as well as all aspects of the towing industry, including inland towing, ocean towing, ship assist and docking.

    Chair: MARISSA M. HENDERSON
    Vice Chair: DAVID R. BOYAJIAN
    Secretary: JASON C. PEDIGO
    Board Liaison: WILLIAM J. RIVIERE
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ROWEN ASPRODITES

  • International Organizations, Conventions and Standards
  • Tracks developments in international law, helps coordinate MLA participation in international organizations and in drafting conventions; has Subcommittees on Classification Societies, Comité Maritime International, and International Law of the Sea.

    Chair: BORIANA FARRAR
    Vice Chair: JESSICA LINK MARTYN
    Secretary: CHRISTOPHER M. HANNAN
    Board Liaison: MICHAEL F. STURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ELLEN MCGLYNN

  • International Organizations, Conventions and Standards: Comite’ Maritime International Subcommittee
  • Tracks developments in international law, helps coordinate MLA participation in international organizations and in drafting conventions; has Subcommittees on Classification Societies, Comité Maritime International, and International Law of the Sea.

    Chair: BORIANA FARRAR
    Vice Chair: JESSICA LINK MARTYN
    Secretary: CHRISTOPHER M. HANNAN
    Board Liaison: MICHAEL F. STURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ELLEN MCGLYNN

  • International Organizations, Conventions and Standards: International Law of the Sea Subcommittee
  • Tracks developments in international law, helps coordinate MLA participation in international organizations and in drafting conventions; has Subcommittees on Classification Societies, Comité Maritime International, and International Law of the Sea.

    Chair: BORIANA FARRAR
    Vice Chair: JESSICA LINK MARTYN
    Secretary: CHRISTOPHER M. HANNAN
    Board Liaison: MICHAEL F. STURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ELLEN MCGLYNN

  • Marine Financing
  • Monitors legal developments, proposes and comments on legislation and regulation, and conducts education projects that cover all aspects of vessel financing, including ship mortgages, maritime liens, foreclosures and bankruptcy, vessel documentation, cabotage, and taxation. Subcommittees include Maritime Liens and Mortgages (a joint subcommittee with the Practice and Procedure Committee), Coast Guard Documentation, U.S. Citizenship and Related Matters, Yacht Financing, and Taxation.

    Chair: EDWARD H. ARNOLD, III
    Vice Chair: JOHN C. STRATAKIS
    Board Liaison: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: BRIAN P. MALONEY

  • Marine Financing: Coast Guard Documentation US Citizenship and Related Matters Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal developments, proposes and comments on legislation and regulation, and conducts education projects that cover all aspects of vessel financing, including ship mortgages, maritime liens, foreclosures and bankruptcy, vessel documentation, cabotage, and taxation. Subcommittees include Maritime Liens and Mortgages (a joint subcommittee with the Practice and Procedure Committee), Coast Guard Documentation, U.S. Citizenship and Related Matters, Yacht Financing, and Taxation.

    Chair: EDWARD H. ARNOLD, III
    Vice Chair: JOHN C. STRATAKIS
    Board Liaison: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: BRIAN P. MALONEY

  • Marine Financing: International and Blue Water Shipping Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal developments, proposes and comments on legislation and regulation, and conducts education projects that cover all aspects of vessel financing, including ship mortgages, maritime liens, foreclosures and bankruptcy, vessel documentation, cabotage, and taxation. Subcommittees include Maritime Liens and Mortgages (a joint subcommittee with the Practice and Procedure Committee), Coast Guard Documentation, U.S. Citizenship and Related Matters, Yacht Financing, and Taxation.

    Chair: EDWARD H. ARNOLD, III
    Vice Chair: JOHN C. STRATAKIS
    Board Liaison: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: BRIAN P. MALONEY

  • Marine Financing: Maritime Liens and Mortgages Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal developments, proposes and comments on legislation and regulation, and conducts education projects that cover all aspects of vessel financing, including ship mortgages, maritime liens, foreclosures and bankruptcy, vessel documentation, cabotage, and taxation. Subcommittees include Maritime Liens and Mortgages (a joint subcommittee with the Practice and Procedure Committee), Coast Guard Documentation, U.S. Citizenship and Related Matters, Yacht Financing, and Taxation.

    Chair: EDWARD H. ARNOLD, III
    Vice Chair: JOHN C. STRATAKIS
    Board Liaison: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: BRIAN P. MALONEY

  • Marine Financing: Yacht Financing Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal developments, proposes and comments on legislation and regulation, and conducts education projects that cover all aspects of vessel financing, including ship mortgages, maritime liens, foreclosures and bankruptcy, vessel documentation, cabotage, and taxation. Subcommittees include Maritime Liens and Mortgages (a joint subcommittee with the Practice and Procedure Committee), Coast Guard Documentation, U.S. Citizenship and Related Matters, Yacht Financing, and Taxation.

    Chair: EDWARD H. ARNOLD, III
    Vice Chair: JOHN C. STRATAKIS
    Board Liaison: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: BRIAN P. MALONEY

  • Marine Insurance and General Average
  • Monitors legal and practical developments in this area; considers the necessity and desirability of changes in the law and practice; keeps the Association informed of current developments in underwriting, claims handling, antitrust considerations, state regulation, general average rules and practices and relationships between adjusters and attorneys; has prepared comprehensive annotations of marine policies; has Subcommittees directed specifically to Cargo Insurance, General Average, and Hull and P & I Insurance.

    Chair: ANDREW D. KEHAGIARAS
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM M. FENNELL
    Secretary: MICHELLE T. CASTLE
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ANDREW W. ANASTOR

  • Marine Insurance and General Average: Cargo Insurance Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal and practical developments in this area; considers the necessity and desirability of changes in the law and practice; keeps the Association informed of current developments in underwriting, claims handling, antitrust considerations, state regulation, general average rules and practices and relationships between adjusters and attorneys; has prepared comprehensive annotations of marine policies; has Subcommittees directed specifically to Cargo Insurance, General Average, and Hull and P & I Insurance.

    Chair: ANDREW D. KEHAGIARAS
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM M. FENNELL
    Secretary: MICHELLE T. CASTLE
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ANDREW W. ANASTOR

  • Marine Insurance and General Average: General Average Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal and practical developments in this area; considers the necessity and desirability of changes in the law and practice; keeps the Association informed of current developments in underwriting, claims handling, antitrust considerations, state regulation, general average rules and practices and relationships between adjusters and attorneys; has prepared comprehensive annotations of marine policies; has Subcommittees directed specifically to Cargo Insurance, General Average, and Hull and P & I Insurance.

    Chair: ANDREW D. KEHAGIARAS
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM M. FENNELL
    Secretary: MICHELLE T. CASTLE
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ANDREW W. ANASTOR

  • Marine Insurance and General Average: Hull and P&I Insurance Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal and practical developments in this area; considers the necessity and desirability of changes in the law and practice; keeps the Association informed of current developments in underwriting, claims handling, antitrust considerations, state regulation, general average rules and practices and relationships between adjusters and attorneys; has prepared comprehensive annotations of marine policies; has Subcommittees directed specifically to Cargo Insurance, General Average, and Hull and P & I Insurance.

    Chair: ANDREW D. KEHAGIARAS
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM M. FENNELL
    Secretary: MICHELLE T. CASTLE
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ANDREW W. ANASTOR

  • Marine Insurance and General Average: Marine Insurance Newsletter Subcommittee
  • Monitors legal and practical developments in this area; considers the necessity and desirability of changes in the law and practice; keeps the Association informed of current developments in underwriting, claims handling, antitrust considerations, state regulation, general average rules and practices and relationships between adjusters and attorneys; has prepared comprehensive annotations of marine policies; has Subcommittees directed specifically to Cargo Insurance, General Average, and Hull and P & I Insurance.

    Chair: ANDREW D. KEHAGIARAS
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM M. FENNELL
    Secretary: MICHELLE T. CASTLE
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: ANDREW W. ANASTOR

  • Marine Pollution and Maritime Crimes
  • Reviews legal and practical developments at the international, national and state levels affecting liabilities arising from damage to the environment; assists in formulating Association comments to governmental organizations involved in this area; promotes uniformity; educates the membership about novel problems, including issues of criminal procedure, presented by greater scrutiny of operations affecting the environment.

    Chair: LIAM T. O’CONNELL
    Vice-Chair: JENNIFER M. PORTER
    Secretary: JONI A. POITIER
    Board Liaison: CONTE CICALA
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND

  • Marine Torts and Casualties
  • Monitors substantive and procedural legal issues arising from all kinds of marine casualties, including collisions, personal injuries and death; follows developments in all aspects of maritime law which affect liabilities arising from casualties, including exoneration of or limitation of liability and claimants’ rights to file claims; advises of developments affecting rights of injured maritime personnel

    Chair: REBECCA HAMRA
    Vice Chair: FREDERICK B. GOLDSMITH
    Secretary:
    Board Liaison: CHARLES G. DE LEO
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: CHRISTINE M. WALKER

  • Maritime Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Reviews, monitors and reports on legal developments concerning the interplay of maritime and bankruptcy jurisdiction; studies the effects of bankruptcy on the enforcement of mortgage liens and maritime liens and remedies; monitors and comments on the effect of proposed changes to the U.S. bankruptcy code and rules as they pertain to maritime rights, remedies and financing structures; monitors shipping bankruptcies and related cross-border insolvency issues and reports to the Association on developments and trends; and considers and reports on matters unique to the restructuring and workout of debt structures in shipping.

    Chair: WARREN E. GLUCK
    Vice Chair: NEIL A. QUARTARO
    Secretary: ROBERT J. GAYDA
    Board Liaison: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: NICHOLAS W. DUGDALE

  • Meetings and Events
  • The Committee is responsible for any and all details concerning MLA meetings and events. It is responsible, with the approval of the President and the Board, as appropriate, for site selection, the invitation of VIPs, negotiation of the contracts with venues and any vendors for an event, approving all seating arrangements for all members and their guests, as well as collection of monies. This Committee, and its Subcommittees, are responsible for the annual dinner held in connection with the spring meeting, resort meetings, city meetings, and other events.

    Secure Member: CHARLES E. SCHMIDT
    Secure Member: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    Secure Member: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    Secure Member: WILLIAM ROBERT CONNOR III

  • Meetings and Events: New York Dinner Arrangements Subcommittee
  • The Committee is responsible for any and all details concerning MLA meetings and events. It is responsible, with the approval of the President and the Board, as appropriate, for site selection, the invitation of VIPs, negotiation of the contracts with venues and any vendors for an event, approving all seating arrangements for all members and their guests, as well as collection of monies. This Committee, and its Subcommittees, are responsible for the annual dinner held in connection with the spring meeting, resort meetings, city meetings, and other events.

    Secure Member: CHARLES E. SCHMIDT
    Secure Member: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    Secure Member: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    Secure Member: WILLIAM ROBERT CONNOR III

  • Meetings and Events: Site Selection Subcommittee
  • The Committee is responsible for any and all details concerning MLA meetings and events. It is responsible, with the approval of the President and the Board, as appropriate, for site selection, the invitation of VIPs, negotiation of the contracts with venues and any vendors for an event, approving all seating arrangements for all members and their guests, as well as collection of monies. This Committee, and its Subcommittees, are responsible for the annual dinner held in connection with the spring meeting, resort meetings, city meetings, and other events.

    Secure Member: CHARLES E. SCHMIDT
    Secure Member: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    Secure Member: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    Secure Member: WILLIAM ROBERT CONNOR III

  • Membership
  • To make recommendations of ways to recruit new members and make sure we retain our existing members.

    Chair: PAMELA L. SCHULTZ
    Vice-Chair: SALVADOR J. PUSATERI
    Secretary: NOE S. HAMRA
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.

  • MLA Archives
  • Chair: LIZABETH L. BURRELL
    Board Liaison: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.

  • Navigation Safety Advisory Council
  • Chair: DAVID H. SUMP
    Board Liaison: JEFFREY S. MOLLER

  • Nominating Committee
  • Offshore Industries
  • Reviews, discusses and reports on all matters related to maritime operations in the domestic offshore industries, including federal and state jurisprudence, administrative law, legislation, and regulations from U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs, Minerals Management Service, Maritime Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, the Labor Department, and state and local government agencies.

    Chair: SALVADOR J. PUSATERI
    Vice Chair: CHRIS VERDUCCI
    Secretary: E BARRETT HAILS
    Board Liaison: GRADY S. HURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: JEANNE L. AMY

  • Offshore Industries: Offshore Facilities and OCS Operations Subcommittee
  • Reviews, discusses and reports on all matters related to maritime operations in the domestic offshore industries, including federal and state jurisprudence, administrative law, legislation, and regulations from U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs, Minerals Management Service, Maritime Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, the Labor Department, and state and local government agencies.

    Chair: SALVADOR J. PUSATERI
    Vice Chair: CHRIS VERDUCCI
    Secretary: E BARRETT HAILS
    Board Liaison: GRADY S. HURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: JEANNE L. AMY

  • Offshore Industries: Offshore Vessels Subcommittee
  • Reviews, discusses and reports on all matters related to maritime operations in the domestic offshore industries, including federal and state jurisprudence, administrative law, legislation, and regulations from U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs, Minerals Management Service, Maritime Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, the Labor Department, and state and local government agencies.

    Chair: SALVADOR J. PUSATERI
    Vice Chair: CHRIS VERDUCCI
    Secretary: E BARRETT HAILS
    Board Liaison: GRADY S. HURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: JEANNE L. AMY

  • Our Oceans
  • The Our Oceans Committee monitors and reports on ocean resources and their economic, environmental, sustainable, and competing uses. We follow international and U.S. oceans policy developments in legal, scientific, and commercial spheres of interest to the MLA’s membership, including but not limited to climate change; polar ice melt, increased Arctic access, and rising sea levels; and the impact of human actions on the oceans.

    Chair: CHRISTOPHER E. CAREY
    Vice Chair: SEAN D. HOUSEAL
    Secretary: EVA-MARIA MAYER
    Board Liaison: JENNIFER M. PORTER
    YLC Liaison: GEORGE A. CROTON
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND

  • Practice and Procedure
  • Studies developments involving existing rules and statutes governing maritime practice and advocates changes to these laws to improve efficiency of litigation and enhance consistency among jurisdictions; has developed Model Local Admiralty Rules adopted by a number of federal courts; comments on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Supplemental Admiralty Rules and assists in the process of their development to ensure harmony with admiralty practice; assisted in adoption of changes to federal rules and statutes addressing the right of interlocutory appeal, admissibility of Coast Guard marine casualty reports and forfeiture proceedings; has Subcommittees on Federal Rules and Statutes, and Local Admiralty Rules, and a Joint Subcommittee on Maritime Liens.

    Chair: SAMUEL P. BLATCHLEY
    Vice Chair: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    Secretary: DANIEL J. CRAGG
    Board Liaison: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: PHILIP M. THOMPSON

  • Practice and Procedure: Federal Rules and Statutes Subcommittee
  • Studies developments involving existing rules and statutes governing maritime practice and advocates changes to these laws to improve efficiency of litigation and enhance consistency among jurisdictions; has developed Model Local Admiralty Rules adopted by a number of federal courts; comments on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Supplemental Admiralty Rules and assists in the process of their development to ensure harmony with admiralty practice; assisted in adoption of changes to federal rules and statutes addressing the right of interlocutory appeal, admissibility of Coast Guard marine casualty reports and forfeiture proceedings; has Subcommittees on Federal Rules and Statutes, and Local Admiralty Rules, and a Joint Subcommittee on Maritime Liens.

    Chair: SAMUEL P. BLATCHLEY
    Vice Chair: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    Secretary: DANIEL J. CRAGG
    Board Liaison: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: PHILIP M. THOMPSON

  • Practice and Procedure: Maritime Liens Subcommittee
  • Studies developments involving existing rules and statutes governing maritime practice and advocates changes to these laws to improve efficiency of litigation and enhance consistency among jurisdictions; has developed Model Local Admiralty Rules adopted by a number of federal courts; comments on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Supplemental Admiralty Rules and assists in the process of their development to ensure harmony with admiralty practice; assisted in adoption of changes to federal rules and statutes addressing the right of interlocutory appeal, admissibility of Coast Guard marine casualty reports and forfeiture proceedings; has Subcommittees on Federal Rules and Statutes, and Local Admiralty Rules, and a Joint Subcommittee on Maritime Liens.

    Chair: SAMUEL P. BLATCHLEY
    Vice Chair: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    Secretary: DANIEL J. CRAGG
    Board Liaison: KIRBY L. AARSHEIM
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: PHILIP M. THOMPSON

  • Practice and Procedure: Local Admiralty Rules Subcommittee
  • Chair:

    Subcommittee of Practice and Procedure

  • President’s Advisory Council
  • Chair: FRANCIS X. NOLAN, III
    Board Liaison: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND

  • Proctor Admissions
  • The Committee screens applicants for Proctor Membership in the Association to insure, so far as possible, they meet the requirements for such as set forth in the By-Laws of the Association. It is comprised of Proctor members from various geographical locations of the United States, giving particular heed to port cities and other areas which would be involved with Admiralty and Maritime matters. Applications for Proctor Membership are initially submitted to the Membership Secretary who screens the application to check that the basic criteria as set forth in the By-Laws and stated in the application have been met. The List of applicants is then passed on to the Committee members, via the Chairman, for further screening, particularly as to knowledge, experience, reputation, etc. in the field of Admiralty Law. The geographical spread of the Committee assists in affording the opportunity of consideration of an applicant, so far as possible, by at least one Proctor Member from or near the applicant’s area. The Committee votes on its recommendation to accept each candidate and the Committee’s recommendations are given to the Membership Secretary for submission to the President and Board of Directors for final approval.

    Chair: NORMAN C. SULLIVAN, JR.
    Board Liaison: EDWARD J. POWERS
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND

  • Recreational Boating
  • Treats issues relating to increased use of pleasure craft and studies the impact legislation and judicial decisions directed to recreational vessels may have on maritime commerce and other areas of maritime law, such as jurisdiction and damages for personal injury; has drafted model uniform safe boating legislation so as to minimize proliferation of disparate state laws; has Subcommittees on Offshore Affairs and State Legislation.

    Chair: TODD D. LOCHNER
    Vice Chair: DANIEL H. WOOSTER
    Secretary: JODY MCCORMACK
    Board Liaison: KEVIN G. O’DONOVAN
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: E. BARRETT HAILS

  • Recreational Boating: Boating Briefs Subcommittee
  • Treats issues relating to increased use of pleasure craft and studies the impact legislation and judicial decisions directed to recreational vessels may have on maritime commerce and other areas of maritime law, such as jurisdiction and damages for personal injury; has drafted model uniform safe boating legislation so as to minimize proliferation of disparate state laws; has Subcommittees on Offshore Affairs and State Legislation.

    Chair: TODD D. LOCHNER
    Vice Chair: DANIEL H. WOOSTER
    Secretary: JODY MCCORMACK
    Board Liaison: KEVIN G. O’DONOVAN
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: E. BARRETT HAILS

  • Recreational Boating: Offshore Affairs Subcommittee
  • Treats issues relating to increased use of pleasure craft and studies the impact legislation and judicial decisions directed to recreational vessels may have on maritime commerce and other areas of maritime law, such as jurisdiction and damages for personal injury; has drafted model uniform safe boating legislation so as to minimize proliferation of disparate state laws; has Subcommittees on Offshore Affairs and State Legislation.

    Chair: TODD D. LOCHNER
    Vice Chair: DANIEL H. WOOSTER
    Secretary: JODY MCCORMACK
    Board Liaison: KEVIN G. O’DONOVAN
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: E. BARRETT HAILS

  • Recreational Boating: State Legislation Subcommittee
  • Treats issues relating to increased use of pleasure craft and studies the impact legislation and judicial decisions directed to recreational vessels may have on maritime commerce and other areas of maritime law, such as jurisdiction and damages for personal injury; has drafted model uniform safe boating legislation so as to minimize proliferation of disparate state laws; has Subcommittees on Offshore Affairs and State Legislation.

    Chair: TODD D. LOCHNER
    Vice Chair: DANIEL H. WOOSTER
    Secretary: JODY MCCORMACK
    Board Liaison: KEVIN G. O’DONOVAN
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: E. BARRETT HAILS

  • Regulation of Vessel Operations, Safety, Security and Navigation
  • Helps draft proposed legislation and comments on pending bills and regulations affecting navigation, safety and other aspects of the maritime industries, particularly carriers and shipowners; coordinates MLA liaisons to government agencies including Coast Guard and FMC; has formulated Association comments on revisions to Title 46.

    Chair: STEVEN M. STANCLIFF
    Vice Chair: WILLIAM R. BENNETT, III
    Board Liaison: JEFFREY S. MOLLER
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: REBECCA P. PSKOWSKI

  • Regulation of Vessel Operations, Safety, Security and Navigation: Autonomous Vessels Subcommittee
  • Helps draft proposed legislation and comments on pending bills and regulations affecting navigation, safety and other aspects of the maritime industries, particularly carriers and shipowners; coordinates MLA liaisons to government agencies including Coast Guard and FMC; has formulated Association comments on revisions to Title 46.

    Chair: STEVEN M. STANCLIFF
    Vice Chair: WILLIAM R. BENNETT, III
    Board Liaison: JEFFREY S. MOLLER
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: REBECCA P. PSKOWSKI

  • Salvage
  • Advises the Association of international and domestic legal developments concerning commercial salvage, treasure salvage, and related marine insurance issues; assists in formulating Association policy on emerging issues such as the UNESCO Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage, Salvage Convention, and Places of Refuge; was active in promoting government action on international salvage conventions.

    Chair: TWAIN BRADEN
    Vice Chair: LINDSAY MALEN-HABIB
    Secretary: LCDR SALOMEE G. BRIGGS
    Board Liaison: CAROLYN ELIZABETH BUNDY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: SETH P. BUSKIRK

  • Stevedores, Marine Terminals, and Vessel Services
  • Provides a forum for those involved in industries that supply goods and services to vessels, including terminal operators, stevedores, ship agents, ship chandlers, marine surveyors, shipbuilders and ship repairers, and monitors issues and developments concerning the suppliers of those goods and services; monitors customs and duty regulations; monitors issues relating to foreign trade zones; and monitors regulation and licensing by the Federal Maritime Commission.

    Chair: DEBORAH C. WATERS
    Vice-Chair: IVAN M. RODRIGUEZ
    Secretary: ALBERTO J. CASTANER-PADRO
    Board Liaison: ANTHONY FILIATO
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: B. JASON BARLOW

  • The MLA Report
  • CO-CHAIR: CHESTER D. HOOPER
    CO-CHAIR: DAVID A. NOURSE
    Board Liaison: JAMES F. MOSELEY, JR.

  • Uniformity of US Maritime Law
  • The Committee serves as a liaison committee to the MLA’s Board of Directors. It identifies and alerts the Board to legal decisions that give rise to decisional conflicts among the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals and district courts. The Committee also identifies and monitors significant State court decisions which may conflict with well-established principles of federal maritime law. At the request of the MLA President, it may be called upon to provide research and legal analysis to assist the Board in considering requests for amicus curiae participation by the MLA. The Committee offers CLE credit for attendance at its meetings at which members discuss recent developments in maritime law.

    Chair: MICHAEL F. STURLEY
    Vice Chair: ERIC S. DANIEL
    Secretary: ROBERT J. BOCKO
    Board Liaison: MICHAEL F. STURLEY
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: VINCE C. REUTER

  • Website and Technology
  • The Website & Technology Committee examines existing technology, technological developments, and trends in the maritime industry. Using this knowledge, the Website & Technology Committee provides support and guidance to the Association with respect to technology that supports and fosters participation of Members in the Association.

    Chair: LYNN L. KRIEGER
    Vice-Chair: WILLIAM E. BELL
    Secretary: AARON B. GREENBAUM
    Board Liaison: LYNN L. KRIEGER
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND
    YLC Liaison: PETER F. BLACK

  • Young Lawyers
  • Assists the MLA Standing Committees by providing valuable time and energy for Standing Committee projects. Contributions of the YLC have included research, writing, and speaking on diverse subjects pertaining to the MLA and maritime law in general. The involvement of the YLC in MLA Standing Committees has helped introduce the Young Lawyer members to the members and goals of the Association, the workings of the Standing Committees, and to prepare the Young Lawyer members for leadership roles in the Association. In many cases, YLC members have been appointed as officers of the various Standing Committees. Membership in the Young Lawyers Committee is open to lawyers under 40 and those who have been members of the Association for ten years or less. Membership on the Young Lawyers Committee shall not prevent a member from serving on three additional Standing Committees.

    Chair: IMRAN O. SHAUKAT
    Vice-Chair: PETER F. BLACK
    Secretary: KRISTI H. THOMPSON
    Board Liaison: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA President: DAVID J. FARRELL, JR.
    MLA First Vice-President: BARBARA L. HOLLAND