Law A 585, Admiralty & Maritime Law Professor Craig H. Allen
Winter 2010, Gates Hall Room 207 Office: Gates Hall Room 335
MWF 8:30 – 9:20 am Office hrs: T & Th 7:30‐10:00 (by appt)
Secretary: Ryan Brown (328)
COURSE FOCUS: Ocean carriers transport nearly $600 billion worth of commodities in foreign and
interstate commerce to and from U.S. ports. International trade is expected to double by 2020. More
than 90% (by weight) of those goods will be transported by water. Annual growth in passenger traffic on
cruise ships to and from U.S. ports has been described as “explosive.” The Pacific Northwest hosts the
largest ferry fleet and the largest fishing fleet (by tonnage) in the nation and has witnessed tremendous
growth in recreational boating. This course examines maritime law principles critical to a 21st Century
legal practice in the Pacific Rim. Coverage includes jurisdiction of U.S. admiralty courts and the procedure,
remedies and choice of law principles applicable in admiralty courts or state courts adjudicating maritime
cases. Substantive coverage includes admiralty tort, product liability, comparative fault and contract laws
applicable to marine collisions, maritime personal injuries, towage, pilotage and marine salvage, as well as
maritime liens and ship mortgages, statutory limitation of liability and marine insurance. The 2010 class
will not include coverage of cargo loss and damage claims. Students interested in suggested readings on
this subject (or any other subject not covered this year) should contact the instructor.
PREREQUISITES: Civil Procedure I, Contracts and Torts.
REQUIRED TEXTS: (1) Healey & Sharpe, Admiralty Cases & Materials, (West, 4th ed. 2006) (“CB”) and (2)
Healey & Sharpe, Handbook of Maritime Laws & Forms (2007) (“HB”) [University Bookstore]. (3) The
Course Supplemental Materials (“Supp.”) which are posted in a .pdf file on the course web site (to avoid
the inconvenience and expenses of purchasing it from the bookstore or copy center).
COURSE METHOD: This is a mastery course. Instructional methods include lectures, PowerPoint®
presentations, five skill‐building exercises and a final problem that will be handed out at the end of week
seven. There will be no final exam.
OFFICE HOURS: I encourage you to bring any questions on the course to me during office hours (rather
than by email). To ensure time is available when there will be no possible class conflicts, I will start office
hours at 7:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please send me an email at least a day in advance
requesting a half‐hour window during the times listed above. For obvious reasons, I will not answer
questions posed by the exercises or the final problem until after they have been turned in.
LAW SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY: The success of this course and your performance on the final
problem depend on your attendance and participation. I reserve the right to direct the disenrollment of
any student who fails to attend all classes during the first week and at least 80% of the class sessions. (See
Law School “General Bulletin” for more information). Any student who has not attended 80% of the
classes will not be allowed to complete the final problem. Alternatively, I may, at my discretion, elect to
lower the final grade of any student who fails to attend at least 80% of the classes by one full letter grade.
If for some emergent reason you are unable to attend a class, please let me know in advance. You will still
be responsible for anything discussed in the class and for any materials handed out in the class, so please
make arrangements with a fellow student to get the handouts and take notes for you. Because
attendance is required I do not record or Podcast classes.
LAW SCHOOL HONOR CODE: All students enrolled in the course are bound by the Law School Honor
Code. http://www.law.washington.edu/Students/Academics/HonorCode.html. All exercises and the final
problem must be completed individually.
DISABILITY‐RELATED NEEDS: To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the
UW Office of Disability Resources for Students (DRS), Schmitz Hall room 448, (206) 543‐8924 (V/TTY). If
you have a letter from the DRS, please present the letter to me (and Law School Academic Services) so we
can discuss what accommodations you might need to succeed in this class.
NOTES: (1) Reading assignments may be adjusted by the instructor from time to time. Changes will be
announced in class. (2) Outlines of most lectures will be distributed at the beginning of each class
(students who miss a class should arrange to have a classmate obtain a copy). These outlines are provided
solely to make the class easier to follow. They are not a substitute for class attendance.
READING ASSIGNMENTS: Note: always read the accompanying material in the Handbook.
Week 1: January 4‐8
01 M CB 1‐24 (up to “2”); skim CB 889‐895 (“Glossary”)
Suggested reading: Supp. Admiralty Law Sailing Along
02 W CB 24‐47 (up to Grubart); HB iii‐iv and 1‐11
03 F CB 47‐67 (up to E), but SKIP Three Buoys and read instead handouts:
Supp. Thompkins v. Lake Chelan Rec. and Land & Lake Tours cases.
Week 2: January 11‐15
04 M CB 67‐91; Supp. Aqua Marine v. Banks
05 W CB 92‐110 (up to 3); HB chapter II; Supp. “Remedies”; Bodnar v. Hi‐Lex Exercise 1 due.
06 F CB 110‐135; skim CB 135‐145
Week 3: January 18‐22
XX M HOLIDAY
07 W CB 146‐165; HB 10‐13 + SIAA and PVA in HB chapter II.
08 F CB 166‐195; skim CB 195‐218 and HB chapter III.
Week 4: January 25‐29
09 M CB 219‐244 (up to “Extinction”); Skim HB chapter IV. Exercise 2 due.
10 W CB 244‐265
11 Th Advance make up class (will be Podcast): CB 449‐478 (up to “C”); HB chapter VII.
12 F CB 478‐501; Supp. Stanton v. Bayliner. .
Week 5: February 1‐4
13 M CB 502‐ 520; Supp. “Complaint” in personal injury case. Exercise 3 due
XX W NO CLASS
14 F CB 520‐538
Week 6: February 8‐11
15 M CB 539‐558
16 W CB 558‐578
17 F CB 578‐594
Week 7: February 15‐18
XX M HOLIDAY
18 W CB 594‐611
19 F CB 612‐640; Skim HB chapter IX. Final Problem handed out. Exercise 4 due.
Week 8: February 22‐26
20 M CB 640‐666 (up to “2”).
21 W CB 666‐695; HB 177‐179 (Brussels Convention of 1910)
22 F CB 695‐720
Week 9: March 1‐5
23 M CB 721‐746 (up to 3); skim HB chapter X; Supp. “Salvage Law in U.S.”
24 W CB 746‐764; CB 800‐802 & HB 211‐217. [in class salvage/GA exercise]
25 F CB 833‐854 (up to “4”); HB chapter XII
Week 10: March 8‐10.
26 M CB 854‐881 (up to “3”)
27 w CB 881‐887. Exercise 5 due.
March 15, 2010: Final Problem Due in Academic Services by 2:00 pm.
Exercises: Notes: Students must individually complete all 5 exercises. To receive full credit, the exercise
must be turned in to the instructor on the due date, at the beginning of the class.
Exercise 1, Jurisdiction: 8 points.
Exercise 2, Admiralty practice/venue: 6 points.
Exercise 3, Maritime liens: 7 points.
Exercise 4, Personal injury: 6 points.
Exercise 5, Limitation of liability: 8 points.
All students must complete the final problem, which will be handed out at the end of the seventh week.
The problem poses a series of questions drawn from a marine casualty scenario. Students may not work
together in completing the final problem. Your responses are due not later than 2:00 pm the first day of
exam week (Monday, March 15, 2010).
Up to 205 points may be earned in the course, as follows:
1. The final problem is worth up to 160 points. It will be handed out at the end of the 6th week.
2. The exercises are worth a combined total of up to 35 points.
3. Class preparation and participation ± 10 points.
Grades will be calculated as follows:
A: 185 and above
E 109 and below
No more than half credit will be given on any assignment (problem or final exercise) turned in late. No
credit will be given for any assignment more than 48 hours after the due date.
SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES AVAILABLE IN LIBRARY: To assist students in obtaining “mastery” of the
subject, the following additional sources may be of assistance:
Benedict on Admiralty (a multi‐volume treatise used by all admiralty practitioners and judges)
Moore’s Federal Practice (volume 7A)
Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Admiralty and Maritime Law: Practitioner’s Treatise Series (3 vol.) (West 4th
Charles M. Davis, Maritime Law Deskbook (Compass Publ. Co. 2005) (prepared by a Seattle‐area
practitioner, this reference emphasizes Ninth Circuit cases)
Kendall & Buckley, The Business of Shipping (Cornell Maritime Press, now in its 8th edition).