Marine Consultants' Society Hears Paper On An Attorney's View

The Society of Marine Consultants held its first luncheon open to the public recently at the Whitehall Club in New York City. The speaker was Richard P. Hayden, a partner in the well-known law firm of Hill, Rivkins, Carey, Loesburg, O'Brien, and Mulroy. The title of his talk was "The Role of the Marine Consultant—An Attorney's View." The important elements of the talk were the need for professionalism among consultants, the certainty that each consultant is indeed expert in the areas of claimed competency, and that he could present this expertise clearly to the court in which he was testifying. Mr.

Hayden also pointed out that records of individual testimony were now readily available to attorneys from computers, so that contradictory testimony in different cases could be fatal to the reputation of the consultant. He also touched briefly on the fee structures and the desirability of moderation therein.

Some 55 attendees at the meeting represented a wide spectrum of the marine world and provided a lively question-and-answer period at the conclusion of the presentation.

Mr. Hayden's views coincide with the purpose of The Society of Marine Consultants, which is to foster and advance the professionalism and integrity of its members, and to provide to the maritime industry a reliable source of professionally qualified consultants in all areas of marine expertise.

In view of the success of this first luncheon meeting, the Society is now tentatively planning a second, again with a recognized and knowledgeable speaker, for January 1985.

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