14 History of JMLC

The Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce was founded in 1969 by George Jay Joseph, a Washington, D.C. lawyer who perceived a need for a law review devoted exclusively to maritime law.  The Journal, together with its sister publication, the Journal of Law and Education, is published by the Jefferson Law Book Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

During its existence, the Journal has presented the work of more than 1400 individuals and has been cited by courts and arbitrators over 450 times (a complete list appears elsewhere on this web site).  The United States Supreme Court, for example, has cited the Journal in the following opinions:

The Bremen v. Zapata Off-Shore Co., 407 U.S. 1, 1972 AMC 1407 (1972);
United States v. Reliable Transfer Co., 421 U.S. 397, 1975 AMC 541 (1975);
Northeast Marine Terminal Co. v. Caputo, 432 U.S. 249, 1977 AMC 1037 (1977);
Japan Line Ltd. v. County of Los Angeles, 441 U.S. 434, 1979 AMC 881 (1979);
National Labor Relations Board v. International Longshoremen's Association,447 U.S. 490, 1980 AMC 2330 (1980);
Trans World Airlines, Inc. v. Franklin Mint Corp., 466 U.S. 243, 1984 AMC 1817 (1984);
Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute, 499 U.S. 585, 1991 AMC 1697 (1991);
American Dredging Co. v. Miller, 510 U.S. 443, 1994 AMC 913 (1994);
Exxon Co., U.S.A. v. Sofec, Inc., 517 U.S. 830, 1996 AMC 1817 (1996);
Lewis v. Lewis & Clark Marine, Inc., 531 U.S. 438, 2001 AMC 913 (2001); and
Norfolk Southern Railway v. James N. Kirby Pty. Ltd, 543 U.S. 14, 2004 AMC 2705 (2004).

The Journal is edited by Kevin G. O'Donovan, Esq., of Philadelphia. Prior to Mr. O'Donovan, the Journal was edited by Professor Albert H. Garretson of New York University (1969-70); Professor David M. Sassoon of Georgetown University (1970-79); Professor Nicholas J. Healy of New York University (1980-88); Professor Healy and John P. McMahon, Esq., of New York City (1989-90); Mr. McMahon (1991-95); Professor Robert M. Jarvis of Nova Southeastern University (1996-2000); Professor John Paul Jones of the University of Richmond (2001-05), and Mr. Edward V. Cattell, Jr., Esq., of Philadelphia (2006-12)