Charleston Maritime Law Institute

About the Charleston Maritime Law Institute

The Charleston Maritime Law Institute (CMLI) at the Charleston School of Law serves as a center for the study and research of maritime law with a focus on the law of intermodal and ocean transportation.

The Institute, founded in 2006, is a collaborative effort involving students, professors and leading maritime lawyers and professionals from around the Southeast. Through the Institute, the law school takes advantage of a natural competitive advantage in Charleston — the expertise of dozens of talented maritime lawyers in and around the area.

“With Charleston having one of the busiest container ports in the nation, the law school would be missing the boat if it didn’t focus a special program on the critical study and development of the next generation of maritime lawyers and admiralty law,” said Professor of Law Randall Bridwell, who heads the institute. “Our Institute works as a partner with all of the professionals and industries involved with the Port of Charleston.”

In addition to promoting maritime legal studies at the school, CMLI provides periodic programs and seminars on maritime matters to bring students into contact with maritime services and industries on a regular basis.  This contact gives them a unique practical knowledge of the commercial maritime world and solid legal preparation for maritime law practice.

MALABU, the Maritime Law Bulletin, is edited by law students and includes scholarship on significant maritime issues.  The goal of MALABU is to provide a variety of substance that appeals to a broad spectrum of subscribers and is designed to provide practical and useful content to law professors and students, practicing attorneys, commercial shippers and pleasure boaters.

“The Institute is not only a critical teaching component for law students and lawyers interested in maritime ocean transportation law, but also a forum for the maritime industry at large to discuss and debate critical issues of maritime and ocean shipping policies,”  said Charleston lawyer Gordon D. Schreck, who chairs the Institute’s advisory board of distinguished group of local and regional maritime lawyers and professionals.

Charleston Maritime Law Institute Contacts:

Phone: 843.329.1000

Attorney Advisors:

Private Practioners

Henry P. Bouffard Norfolk, Va.

E. Paul Gibson Charleston, S.C.

Robert S. Glenn Jr. Savannah, Ga.

Marvin D. Infinger Charleston, S.C.

Michael T. Moore Coral Gables, Fla.

James F. Moseley Jr Jacksonville, Fla.

Douglas M. Muller Charleston, S.C.

Gordon D. Schreck (Chairman) Charleston, S.C.

J. Harold Seagle Wilmington, N.C.

Paul F. Tecklenburg Charleston, S.C.

M. Hamilton Whitman Jr. Baltimore, Md.

JoAnne Zawitoski Baltimore, Md.

In-house Counsel

Philip L. Lawrence Counsel for South Carolina Ports Authority

Melinda J. MacConnel

Vice President & General Counsel

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

Katharine F. Newman

Senior Counsel

Downstream & Commercial Legal Group

ConocoPhillips Company

Michael Roberts

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Crowley Marine Corp.

Douglas B. Stevenson

Director, Center for Seafarer's Rights

The Seamen's Church Institute

Academic Advisors:

John Paul Jones

University of Richmond School of Law

Non-attorney Advisors:

U.S. Navy Admiral Albert J. Baciocco Jr. (ret.) Charleston, S.C.

Don H. Brown, Chairman

Rogers & Brown Custom Brokers, Inc.

Charleston, S.C.

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Clemson University/Wind Turbine Testing Facility

Charleston, S.C.

David T. Ginn, President & CEO

Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Charleston, S.C.

John F. Hassell III, Past President

Maritime Association of South Carolina

Charleston, S.C.

Kenneth Riley, President

International Longshoremen's Association, Local 1422

Charleston, S.C.

Whitmarsh S. Smith III President/Manager

Charleston Pilots' Association

Charleston, S.C.