By Judge William E. Smith
As a result of its status as Rhode Island’s only law school, Roger Williams University School of Law has developed a close relationship with the bench and bar of the State. Similarly significant,...

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For the Class of 2017 the average entering age was 25.  Students ages ranged from 20 to 65.

Marine Salvage

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Marine salvage is the law of rewarding parties for rescuing goods and preventing damage in cases of marine peril.  The concept is unique to maritime law and involves both a different calculation than the Common-Law concept of quantum meruit and give rise to a maritime lien, a ownership interest, in the property subject to salvage.  We'll consider the elements of a salvage claim, and the distinction between salvage and other maritime claims, calculation of the salvage award, salvage for prevention of environmental damage, and problem involved in the recovery of sunken treasure including the relation of salvage to the law of finds and abandonment and issues involved in dealing with the United States and foreign sovereigns.  In addition procedural issues of arbitration and forum selection will be considered. No prior knowledge of maritime law will be assumed.