Stanton N. Beeder Adjunct Law Professor
Stan is general counsel at Hausmann Construction, Inc. In that position, he supports the executive team in contract negotiations, handling disputes, advising and administering insurance and surety claims, and provides business advice and representation on a wide range of matters affecting the company, including litigation, arbitration and mediation.
He was previously partner at Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, where his practice focused on litigation, negotiations, and transactions at the administrative, business, insurance and regulatory levels as well as providing business and personal advice on a variety of matters involving the government.
Stan graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska in 2004, with high distinction, and was Order of the Coif.
He prides himself on being very engaged in the Lincoln and Omaha communities where he is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, sits on the Executive Counsel of Lincoln YPG, is the President of the Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters board of directors, teaches Junior Achievement, is a member of the Lancaster County Indigent Defense Advisory Committee, and is a founding member of 100s of Lincoln Men Who Care.
Eric Berger Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor Eric Berger joined the faculty in 2007. He received his B.A. with Honors in History from Brown University, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Kent Scholar and an Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review. After law school, Professor Berger clerked for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then practiced in Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office, where he worked on litigation in several state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Professor Berger's matters there included cases involving lethal injection, same-sex marriage, the detention of foreign nationals at Guantanamo Bay, and internet obscenity.
Professor Berger teaches Constitutional Law I (structure), Constitutional Law II (rights), Constitutional History, Federal Courts, First Amendment, and Statutory Interpretation. He also teaches a class for undergraduates on Legislation and Regulation. He has been voted Professor of the Year by the upperclass law students six times. He has also received the College Distinguished Teaching Award (in 2010), the Law Alumni Council Distinguished Faculty Award (in 2018), and the John H. Binning Award for Excellence (in 2019).
Professor Berger's scholarship focuses on constitutional law. Much of his work explores judicial decision making in constitutional cases, with special attention to deference, fact finding, rhetorical strategies, and other under-theorized factors that help shape judicial opinions in constitutional cases. His article Individual Rights, Judicial Deference, and Administrative Law Norms in Constitutional Decision Making, 91 B.U. L. REV. 2029 (2011), was named the 2011 winner of the American Constitution Society's Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Professor Berger has also written extensively about lethal injection litigation.
Professor Berger has testified in the Nebraska legislature about a variety of constitutional issues, including free speech, lethal injection, and the process for amending the U.S. Constitution. He is also the faculty advisor to the Law College's chapter of the American Constitution Society and to the Community Legal Education Project, which sends law students into Lincoln public schools to teach about the Constitution.
Professor Berger has also published two video lecture courses about constitutional law with Wondrium (also known as The Great Courses). The first, Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law (2019), is a twelve lecture course introducing some of the topics and questions students would encounter in an introductory class on constitutional law. The second, The Constitution Through U.S. History (2022), is a twenty-four lecture course tracing the history of constitutional debate and thought in the United States from the founding to the present.
Professor Berger served as Associate Dean for Faculty from 2016 to 2020.
Dennis J Burnett Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Burnett is an attorney and business advisor with experience in commercial transactions and regulatory matters representing both U.S. and foreign clients in the aerospace industry. He has extensive international experience; particularly in Europe, Russia and China. Professor Burnett has recognized subject matter expertise in all aspects of commercial space activities, export licensing and compliance and foreign ownership control or influence (“FOCI”) mitigation for U.S. companies holding U.S. facility security clearances. His experience includes government service, corporate counsel and private practice.
Some highlights from Professor Burnett’s career include: representing the Russian Space Agency in the negotiation of the first multi-million dollar Space Station contract with NASA; negotiation of several satellite purchase contracts; drafting the model launch services agreement for an international launch service provider; preparing and obtaining satellite operating licenses for both communications satellites and remote sensing satellites and obtaining national security waivers from the President to allow launches of U.S. satellites or U.S. satellite components from China.
Professor Burnett actively supports development of space law and policy and export law and policy. He is a member of the D.C. Bar, American Bar Association, American Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a member and Treasurer of the International Institute of Space Law. He also served three terms on the Defense Trade Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of State. Professor Burnett is the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the LL.M. Space, Cyber and Telecom Program of the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Justin (Gus) Hurwitz Professor of Law and The Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center
Professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz work’s builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology, including data- and cybersecurity, and was recognized as a Cyber Security & Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. His work has appeared in the Brooklyn, Connecticut, DePaul, George Mason, Iowa, Michigan State, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and other law reviews and journals.
He is the The Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. Since joining the College of Law Faculty, his work has been cited by the FCC, FTC, Federal District and Circuit judges, and United States Senators, and he has spoken or testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, FCC and FTC, the United States Army's 7th Signal Command, and German and Colombian competition regulators.
He is also the Director for Law and Economics Programing with the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE), a think tank based in Portland, Oregon, where he directs a new law and economics-focused research program and helps to translate academic research into applied policy issues. He also is, or has been, affiliated with the Classical Liberal Institute at New York University School of Law, the National Security Institute at George Mason University, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Professor Hurwitz previously was the inaugural Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), prior to which he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Mason University Law School. From 2007–2010 he was a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section.
Professor Hurwitz has a background in technology having worked at Los Alamos National Lab and interned at the Naval Research Lab prior to law school. During this time his work was recognized by organizations such as the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, IEEE & ACM, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In addition, he held an Internet2 Land Speed World Record with the Guinness Book of World Records.
Professor Hurwitz received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Chicago Journal of International Law and received Olin and MVP2 law and economics scholarships. He also holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University. He received his BA from St. John’s College.