Law symposium issues call for speakers

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Last year’s Marine Law Symposium drew more than 100 attendees.

Last year’s Marine Law Symposium drew more than 100 attendees.

Following the success of the 2017 and 2018 ABYC Marine Law Symposiums on the East Coast, the American Boat and Yacht Council will host next year’s Marine Law Symposium in Seattle on Jan. 8.

The 2018 event in Charleston, S.C., drew more than 100 attendees across industry categories.

ABYC is issuing a call for speakers for the 2019 event.

The 2019 topic is the Role of the Expert Witness. Similar to our 2017 seminar, ABYC is looking for speakers for the following topics:1. Case studies involving work where the expert witness was critical in the outcome.

  1. Case studies involving work where the expert witness was critical in the outcome.
  2. Insurance claims where the expert witness was a key component in the settlement.
  3. Guidance on becoming an expert witness, organizations to belong to, creation and maintenance of a proper CV, etc.
  4. Manufacturers who have employed experts to evaluate their compliance programs and product in order to prevent or as a reaction to a consumer complaint.
  5. Roles of the key players in an accident; law enforcement, insurance adjusters, surveyors, etc.

Presenters should be experienced public speakers and be comfortable making presentations to large audiences. Speakers are responsible for all expenses, but ABYC will waive the conference fee for the speaker and a guest.

Those interested should submit a description of proposed topic with a resume or CV by July 15.

ABYC will invite between four and six speakers and topics, panel or multiple speaker sessions are welcome (e.g., expert witness and attorney).

“As an attorney whose primary emphasis is in recreational marine business, attending the Marine Law Symposium for the past 2 years has been extremely rewarding,” said K&L Gates attorney Christina Paul in a statement.

“The combination of speakers from fields such as law enforcement, general industry personnel, insurance and legal creates a diversified learning experience such that anyone in the industry can benefit from the symposium,” Paul said. “For me, it has been an opportunity to interact with people in our industry and to gain knowledge from premier players in the recreational marine world. I always come away from the symposium having gained invaluable information and a wealth of resources.”

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