All-Star Lineup of Speakers at Ocean & Coastal Law Panel Discussion


Michael E. Conroy, Frank J. Sioli, Honorable Scott J. Silverman, Robert L. Gardana, Danielle T. Gauer, Valentina Tejera, Carmen Perez-Llorca

A panel discussion on “Navigating a Career in Maritime Law” was recently held at Miami Law and featured an all-star lineup of maritime law practitioners.

The speakers included the Honorable Scott J. Silverman, an arbitrator with JAMS (Retired Judge 11th Judicial Circuit) (Admiralty & Maritime Claims); Valentina Tejera, Esq., in-house Counsel at Carnival Cruise Lines; Michael E. Conroy, top-rated maritime law attorney with McAlpin & Conroy; and Robert L. Gardana, an admiralty and maritime law attorney in Solo Law Firm and re-appointed vice-chair of the ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, 2015-2016. The panel was moderated by Frank J. Sioli, Esq.

The hugely successful event was sponsored by the International Graduate Law Program’s Ocean & Coastal Law LL.M., the Maritime Law Society, the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, S.E.A Limited, and the law firm of Sioli Alexander Pino.

“I really wanted to organize an event where students could be inspired by hearing first-hand about the different avenues in the field of maritime law,” said Danielle Gauer, president of the Maritime Law Society. “Hopefully this event encourages other students to take some maritime law-related classes, apply for an LL.M. in maritime law, and attend future ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee events.”

The event not only attracted Miami Law students, but also law students from St. Thomas who are interested in pursuing an LL.M in Ocean & Coastal Law at Miami Law. Also in attendance were maritime law attorneys who took the time to speak with students at the catered reception.

“The AMLC is very pleased to support law students exploring careers in maritime law and to foster relationships within the maritime community,” said Jessica Link Martyn, of counsel at Palmer Biezup & Henderson LLP and chair of the ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee. “We thank the University of Miami School of Law International Graduate Law Program – Ocean and Coastal Law LL.M. and the Maritime Law Society for inviting us to participate in its programs and we look forward to an ongoing relationship focused on helping law students achieve their career goals.”

In addition to discussing their respective career paths in the field of maritime law, the speakers provided candid advice for students who are motivated to pursue this route.

“The event provided an excellent opportunity for me to gain valuable insight into maritime law opportunities,” said Patrick Ryan, a 1L and incoming Maritime Law Society Executive Board member. “Each panelist represented a different facet of maritime law – from corporate law with Miami-based cruise lines, to private and solo practice, and even to maritime arbitration. As a 1L, I found hearing each panelist's story and advice to be invaluable for my own hopes in navigating my own career in maritime law.”

The International Graduate Law Program prides itself on hosting lecture series and panel discussions throughout the year for LL.M. students to learn and engage with legal scholars and experts. The event is only one of the many exciting opportunities to provide educational insight into the vast array of career paths in maritime law.

“Events like this are extremely useful for students who want to explore a career in maritime law,” said Carmen Perez-Llorca, director of the International Graduate Law Programs. “The speakers made it clear that South Florida offers a wealth of possibilities for young lawyers that want to practice admiralty, whether they want to be litigators, transactional lawyers or explore the options of maritime arbitration. Miami Law, with its LL.M. in Ocean & Coastal Law, is uniquely positioned to prepare students for a career in this diverse but yet highly specialized area of law.”

To watch the panel discussion, click here.