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Maritime Law Center draws a crowd in NYC

November 19, 2013

Maritime Law Reception Photo

Tulane Law Professors Robert Force and Martin Davies join Clyde & Co partner John Woods (L ’80) for a presentation on container security.

Maritime Law Reception Photo

Tulane Maritime Law alumni and friends listen to the discussion at Clyde & Co.

Maritime Law Reception Photo

Tulane Law alumni Henry Sackler (L ’10), Han Deng (LLM ’06) and Brad Vogel (L ’10) were among those attending the New York reception.

(Photos by Beth Lavin)

Some 50 Tulane Law School alumni and friends of the Tulane Maritime Law Center gathered Nov. 12 in New York City for lively conversation, a wine and cheese reception and serious discussion — led by Law Professors Robert Force and Martin Davies — about security concerns surrounding container ships.

Davies, the Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and Director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center, briefed alumni on the daunting challenges facing shipping companies and government officials charged with safeguarding ports.

Recognizing the potential for terrorists to use sealed shipping containers to smuggle hazardous threats into the United States, Congress enacted legislation in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to require that cargo companies verify the contents of the 15 million containers entering U.S. ports each year. The law also requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to inspect each container to ensure its safety. But, Davies pointed out, it is practically impossible for industry and government officials to comply with the law given the enormous flow of goods into the country each day.  At present, U.S. officials are inspecting only 3 percent of cargo containers entering U.S. ports.

Force, the Niels F. Johnsen Chair of Maritime Law and Director Emeritus of the center, briefed attendees on recent developments in federal regulations implementing the security directive and on related case law. Force offered the maritime lawyers in the room ideas for arguments that might be used on behalf of clients subject to complying with the laws.

The event was hosted by Clyde & Co and partner John Woods (L ’80) at the firm’s Chrysler Building offices. The organizing host committee included K. Blythe Daley (L ’08), Vincent Foley (L ’96), Jeremy Herschaft (L ’04), Niels M. Johnsen (A&S ’67), LeRoy Lambert (L ’83), Anthony Mavronicolas (L ’78) and Lindsay Sakal (NC ’05, L ’09).

The Maritime Law Center is celebrating 30 years of helping to train lawyers in the specialty. Dean David Meyer closed the program by paying tribute to Professor Force’s visionary leadership in founding the center and by asking alumni to rally support for the center and for the new Robert Force Scholarship. The goal is to provide a scholarship each year for a student studying maritime law.

Contributions can be made here. (Select “I would like to support Other” and type “Robert Force Scholarship for Maritime Law”). Checks for the Force Scholarship Fund can be mailed to Natalie Hooks, Tulane Law School, 6329 Freret St., Suite 351, New Orleans LA 70118. nkirsch@tulane.edu. 504-862-8837



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