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David W. Robertson

David W. Robertson

  • William Powers, Jr. and Kim L. Heilbrun Chair in Tort Law
  • University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Faculty Profile: David W. Robertson

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One of the nation's leading experts in admiralty law, Professor Robertson's work has been cited many times by the U.S. Supreme Court. He also teaches and writes in the area of tort law. He is the author of the classic Admiralty and Federalism (Foundation, 1970) and co-author of Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 2nd ed., 1998) and co-author of The Maritime Law of the United States (Carolina 2000) and Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 3d ed., 2004). His numerous articles have appeared in Texas Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, Tulane Law Review and elsewhere. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Advising Board of Editors of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce.

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Professional Activities


May 10, 2007

Panel Moderator

N.Y.U. Law School

On May 10th, moderated a panel discussion on "Admiralty's Greatest Hits" [most notable U.S. Supreme Court decisions] at N.Y.U. Law School. The other panelists were Professors David Bederman, Martin Davies, Michael Sturley, and Joseph Sweeney.

May 10, 2007

Paper Presentation

Maritime Law Association's Annual Meeting

On May 10th, presented a paper to the Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Committee titled "The Fifth Circuit's Mistaken Views of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act" at Maritime Law Association's annual meeting in New York.

March 2, 2007

Paper Presentation

Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law

On March 2nd, presented a paper titled "How the Supreme Court's New Definition of 'Vessel' is Affecting Seaman Status, Admiralty Jurisdiction, and Other Areas of Maritime Law" at L.S.U. Law Center's Fifth Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law.

February 17, 2007

Conference Organizer

Texas State Bar Association and UT CLE

On February 17th, organized a day-long conference (presented by UT CLE and Texas State Bar Association) on "How to Establish, Organize, and Operate a Successful Law Firm." [Eidman Courtroom.]