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On behalf of The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA), I am pleased to welcome you to the MLA website. The MLA is proud to provide information about our membership and other matters of legal interest to the worldwide maritime community. We thank you for your interest in our association and its activities and invite your suggestions for posting on our site.
- David J. Farrell, Jr. President

About the Maritime Law Association of the United States ( MLA )

About the MLA

The objectives of the Association shall be to advance reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States, to facilitate justice in its administration, to promote uniformity in its enactment and interpretation, to furnish a forum for the discussion and... [Read More]

Our Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) Members

Our Members

The MLA is a professional organization concerned with improvements in the maritime law, which stands ready to be of help to those interested in this area of law. Our members are law students, lawyers, industry representatives, judges, and more. [Read More]

Join the Our Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA)

Join the MLA

Founded in 1899, the Maritime Law Association of the United States is the oldest and most recognized maritime legal organization in the United States, furthering the understanding and advancement of maritime law among lawyers, scholars, and maritime industries. [Read More]

News

RADM Steve Andersen (USCG ret.) named FMC General Counsel

Congratulations to Proctor Member Rear Admiral Steve Andersen, USCG (retired), who was recently named General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Read More

Coast Guard initiates RJAG Program for licensed attorneys

The Coast Guard initiated a new Reserve Direct Commission Lawyer Program, offering licensed attorneys the ability to apply for a Read More

George B. Freehill Passed Away

George B. Freehill passed away at his home in Jupiter, Florida on July 20, 2020.  George was a founding member Read More

Professor Joseph C. Sweeney Passed Away

Fordham Law Professor Joseph C. Sweeney, MLA Proctor and Member since 1963, died on July 21, 2020 at the age Read More

Lindsay Malen-Habib becomes President of the American Salvage Association

Congratulations to Adjunct Member Lindsay Malen-Habib on becoming President of the American Salvage Association.  Ms. Malen-Habib is the first woman Read More

Gerard P. Watson Passed Away

Gerard P. Watson (“Gerry”) passed away at his home in Brooklyn, NY 11209 on April 12, 2020 at the age Read More

Rear Admiral Melissa Bert invested as Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard

As announced at the MLA spring meeting, Proctor Member Rear Admiral Melissa Bert was recently named Judge Advocate General and Read More

Vice Admiral Steven D. Poulin becomes USCG Commander Atlantic Region

Congratulations to Proctor Member Vice Admiral Steven D. Poulin on becoming USCG Commander Atlantic Region

Citgo Asphalt Refining v. Frescati Shipping, decided March 30, 2020

Citgo Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co. (Athos I)  Supreme Court of the United States, March 30, 2020 The Read More

Dutra Group v. Batterton, decided June 24, 2019

The Supreme Court of the United States holds punitive damages are not recoverable on an unseaworthiness claim for personal injuries.  Read More