Michael F. Sturley

Michael F. Sturley

  • Fannie Coplin Regents Chair
  • John T. Montford Professorship in Law
  • Professor

Faculty Profile: Michael F. Sturley

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An expert in maritime law (admiralty) and Supreme Court practice, Professor Sturley clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City before joining the faculty in 1984. He teaches and writes in the areas of admiralty, property, and commercial law, and he co-directs the Supreme Court Clinic. He is a co-author of The Rotterdam Rules (Sweet & Maxwell, 2d ed. 2020), Voyage Charters (Informa, 5th ed. 2022), and Admiralty and Maritime Law in the United States (Carolina Academic Press, 4th ed. 2020); and the author or co-author of numerous articles on admiralty law.

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March 30-April 2, 2022

Competition Administrator

Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland, Maine

Administering the 29th Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition in Portland, ME. The Law School runs the Competition each year with a local host school (this year, the University of Maine Law School). Sturley co-authors the problem and the bench brief with adjunct professor Brad Jackson and supervises the administration of the Competition. Next year's 30th JJRBAMCC will be held in New Orleans, March 23-25, 2023.

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March 2, 2022

Planning Meeting Chairman

Chairing planning meeting for CLE's 31st Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, which will be held in Houston on October 14, 2022.

February 12, 2022

Meeting Attendance

Tampa, FL

Attended a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.


November 3-5, 2021


Maritime Law Association of the United States

Attended the fall meeting of the Maritime Law Association of the United States in Boston, MA, and made various presentations on the status of the Rotterdam Rules.

October 15, 2021

Paper Presentation

CLE's 30th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

On October 15, delivered a paper to CLE's 30th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference in Houston titled Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.