by Chester D. Hooper, Esq., Board Member (Honorary)
American Maritime Cases (AMC) has dedicated its 2014 volumes of maritime cases to Douglas B. Stevenson for his work with the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Seafarers’ Rights. AMC has published maritime cases since 1923. Its familiar yellow-bound volumes can be found in maritime law offices around the world, as well as electronically on the AMC website. Each year, its publishers laud a distinguished industry leader.
AMC honored Doug at their annual luncheon at the Century Association in New York City on May 1, 2015. There they presented him with copies of maritime court cases from 2014, a set of hardbound volumes dedicated to him.
Doug is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and the University of Miami School of Law. He retired from the Coast Guard with the rank of Commander in 1990 and became the Director of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights.
With this dedication, AMC recognizes the work Doug has accomplished and is still accomplishing for the benefit of seafarers. Although the Center for Seafarers’ Rights is based in the United States, its work has global impact. Doug assists seafarers with a variety of legal issues and works with port chaplains who encounter seafarers in need of information across the globe. Doug strives to improve the laws that protect seafarers by playing an active role with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of the United Nations, which negotiates regulations to improve the safety and security of shipping and thus seafarers’ welfare.
We are pleased that Doug’s work has been recognized and honored by AMC.