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Marine Log

February 8, 2007

Judge Charles S. Haight to receive Bowditch Award

The American Merchant Marine Museum Foundation at King's Point will be paying tribute to the Maritime Law Association (MLA) at a dinner and silent auction being held on March 28th at the Union League Club in New York City.

The museum will also be presenting its prestigious Bowditch Award to Judge Charles S. (Terry) Haight.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the museum, which was founded in 1979 as a repository for the United States Merchant Marine Academy's collection of marine art, ship models and maritime artifacts.

The museum foundation is recognizing the many contributions the MLA makes to the global maritime community.

"There is nowhere one can turn that the steady hand of the MLA and its members is not apparent", stated Dennis R. Fanucchi, Museum Foundation Executive Director and Dinner Chairman. He noted MLA's recent effort to codify the mechanisms of seafarer treatment in investigations as "just one example of the MLA working to facilitate the industry and its commerce."

The Nathaniel Bowditch Maritime Scholar of the Year Award was established to honor and recognize those who have made major contributions to the field of maritime scholarship. Each year since 1984, the Museum Trustees select a recipient of the Bowditch Award, but not every year has produced a winner.

This year's winner, Judge Haight, who is a Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, where presides over cases that include admiralty and maritime claims. Judge Haight has also on occasion sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He was nominated to be a District Judge by President Ford and confirmed by the Senate in 1976. From 1957 to 1976 he was an associate and then a partner in the law firm of Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens, where he specialized in maritime law, trying court cases including collision and salvage, appearing before maritime commercial arbitrators, and acting as an arbitrator.

For more information about obtaining table reservations and sponsorships, contact the museum at 516 773 5122.