The Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce ( <>
) is now soliciting papers for its October 2000 symposium on "Admiralty and
Popular Culture."  Your participation is encouraged.

The symposium will explore all aspects of maritime law and lawyers in books,
movies, plays, television shows, poetry, and opera.  Possible topics

1)      Recent movies that have included a maritime lawyer or focused on
maritime law (e.g., Amistad, Titanic).

2)      Maritime law themes in the writings of Ernest Hemingway, Charles
Dickens, Richard Henry Dana, Patrick O'Brien, Herman Melville, or Joseph

3)      Classic television shows with maritime themes:  Gilligan's Island,
The Love Boat, The Gale Storm Show, McHale's Navy.

4)      The works of Gilbert & Sullivan (e.g., HMS Pinafore), Mark Twain
(e.g., Huck Finn), or Jules Verne (e.g., 20000 Leagues Under the Sea).

5)      The depiction of naval law in such works as Billy Budd, The Caine
Mutiny, Mutiny on the Bounty, and A Few Good Men.

6)      The creation of a "videography" listing lesser-known movies having a
maritime theme (e.g., Reap the Wild Wind, Dead Calm, Wreck of the Mary
Deare), or movies having a particular focus (e.g., submarines:  Das Boot,
Hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide, Periscope Down).

7)      Sea tales in Norse, Greek, or Roman mythology or in the Bible.

8)      Operas dealing with maritime themes (e.g., The Flying Dutchman).

9)      Television and magazine commercials that have used maritime themes
to sell their products (e.g., pirate Captain Morgan to sell rum, the
Tidy-Bowl man).

10)      Individual episodes of television shows that have had a
maritime theme (e.g., Law & Order's episode 160, entitled "Navy Blues,"
which aired on October 15, 1997 and pitted the DA's office against the
Navy's JAG Corps).

The goal of the symposium is to show how often maritime law and lawyers have
been presented in works of popular culture.  Pieces need not be long - in
fact, it is expected most will be 5-10 pages and will have few footnotes.
Manuscripts that bring to light particularly obscure instances of admiralty
or maritime law in popular culture are particularly sought (e.g., the
discussion of privateering law in "Gone With the Wind," a topic that has
already been chosen by one contributor).

The submission deadline is April 15, 2000.  However, earlier expressions of
interest are encouraged and can be sent to the undersigned.

Lastly, it would be appreciated if you would forward this message to any of
your colleagues who might be interested (particularly those in non-law


Professor Robert M. Jarvis
Editor of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce
c/o Nova Southeastern University
Shepard Broad Law Center
3305 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7721
(954) 262-6172
(954) 262-3835 (fax)
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