The Maritime Law Association of the United States Award for the Best Brief in the
Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition

The Maritime Law Association of the United States Award for the Best Brief in the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition was presented by President Farrell to Zachary Badore and Anna Kate Benedict from the University of Texas School of Law.  Oral arguments were held in Portland, Maine from March 31-April 2.  The timely and knotty issues:  Is an injured pilot (1) a seafarer entitled to make an unseaworthiness claim and (2) if not, is she entitled to make an unseaworthiness claim as a Sieracki seafarer?

Congratulations to all 34 teams from law schools around the country and their admirable performances and briefing.  And congratulations to the MLA for the outstanding support of our Members in administering this fine program and providing so many of the judges needed:

  • “Problem preparers” Michael Sturley and Brad Jackson and local counsel Bob Bocko did a superb job running the competition, spending hundreds of hours;

 

  • State of Maine judges hearing multiple oral argument rounds – Bob Bocko, Len Langer, Chuck Remmel, Mike Savasuk, Tim Steigelman, Sandy Welte;

 

  • Out-of-state judges who travelled to Portland to hear one or more oral argument rounds – Mike Bell, Phil Buhler, Hon. John deGravelles, Dave Farrell, Brian Flanagan, Sam Hines, Brad Jackson, Marc Matthews, Pegeen Mulhern, Kara Pinetti, Phil Powell, Lisa Reeves;

 

  • Plus 82 MLA Members who judged briefs and several more heavily involved in coaching teams.

 

So on top of the MLAs’ financial support for this excellent moot court program, sincere thanks are due to all MLA Members who contributed their time and effort.