Maritime Procedure: An Overview and Caution Regarding Privilege Waiver

This Article gives a sweeping overview of myriad procedures normally identified with, or endemic to, the practice of maritime law. Part II focuses on admiralty jurisdiction, sources of admiralty law, and interlocutory appeals. Part III discusses the special admiralty rules found in the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Part IV covers various procedural and practical topics, from maritime arbitration to evidentiary rules and everything in between. Part V is devoted to an alarming trend, the government's increasing insistence that potential criminal defendants waive the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine as a measure of their cooperation in government investigations. Part V discusses the genesis and development of this policy and provides a valuable background for those maritime practitioners whose work leaves them outside the criminal arena.