Elsbeth Magilton is the Executive Director for Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives for the University of Nebraska College of Law where she oversees the development, growth, and operations of the new Nebraska Governance and Technology Center launched in 2020 and the nationally recognized Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program, established in 2008. Her current focus areas include space law and policy, cybersecurity, and national security. Elsbeth is the law college’s principal researcher for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center – the only such center in the Department of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships.
She has been quoted in The Atlantic, The Verge, Space.com, a host of regional publications, and was a booked speaker at SXSW in March 2020. Elsbeth guest lectures and speaks internationally on military-academic partnerships, space law and security, women in technology, and technology related issues. In September 2018 Elsbeth and Matt Schaefer received a major NASA Space Law pilot-program grant to create a nationwide network of students, faculty, and practitioners interested in space law and policy.
Elsbeth is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska and is member of the Nebraska Bar Association and the American Bar Association, including the ABA Air and Space Section. Elsbeth is a member of the American Society of International Law and serves at the Co-Chair for the Space Law Interest Group. She is part of the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on women in STEM, space, and national security. She is a member of the Legal Expert Pool for the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. Magilton sits on the editorial board for the U.S. Air Force Academy Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies Journal. Locally, Elsbeth is a member of the Girls Code Lincoln nonprofit board.
Elsbeth received her B.A., cum laude, from Doane University in 2008. After starting her career in web development, Elsbeth shifted into technology policy during law school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and received a concentration in Cyberlaw. During law school Elsbeth also attended the William and Mary College of Law, working with the Center for Legal and Court Technology.
Elsbeth started working part time towards her PhD in Political Science at the University of Nebraska in 2019.
Personally, Elsbeth enjoys being a mother of two, reading, and renovating her 1920's Craftsman style home. She is married to a concert and event chef who has fed musicians and athletes around the country.
Ready Party One: The History and Developing Role of Online Dispute Resolution Technology From VoIP to Virtual Reality Penn State Arbitration Law Review [forthcoming fall 2018]
On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Standards Are a Necessity for the Private Space Industry. American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space, Air and Space JournalSeptember, Volume 31, Number 3, 2018Co-Authored with Danielle Miller.
“Confidence in Contracting and Cutting Costs: Why Attorneys Need to Pay Attention to Blockchain Systems” reprinted with permission SC Lawyer Magazine
“My Journey Preparing Women for Success in Tech and Space Policy.” American Bar Association Law Practice Today, February 2018
US Department of Defense Commissioned Conference Report and Summary as part of a Task Order under FA4600-12-D-9000 under the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) Engineering, Advanced Operational Law Conference (Principal Investigator and Editor) U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs, November 2017
Wisconsin NASA Space Grant Consortium Annual Conference, Opening Plenary/Keynote, "Regulating the Final Frontier: The Role of Law in Innovative Space Activities" University of Wisconsin Platteville, August 15, 2019
CBS and Creation Entertainment Officially Licensed Star Trek Convention, invited academic guest, "Can Regulation Help Us Boldly Go? Real World Space Law Through a Star Trek Filter." Las Vegas Nevada, August 1, 2019
Future Huskers University, "What is Space Law?," Nebraska Alumni Association Nebraska Hall, July 19, 2019
American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference, Panelist, Distance and Online Education New Orleans, LA, January 4, 2019
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Agency, "Space Law and Supporting Women," Women's History Month Speaker March 27, 2019
2018 US Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium, Moderator of New Thinking on Deterrence and Academic Alliance Panel August 2, 2018
St. Mary's School of Law Women’s Law Association, Guest Lecturer, “Empowering Women to Bridge the Gap Between Law & Technology" St. Mary's School of Law, October 3, 2018
Kansas State University, Pre-Law Ambassadors, Guest Lecturer, "Space Law 101," Kansas State University, October 15, 2018
Newman University, Guest Lecturer, “The Practice of Cyber Law" Professor Kristi Edwards's Course, Social Sciences Department, Wichita Kansas, March 29, 2018
Newman University, Guest Lecturer, “Introduction to the Basic Tenets of Space Law” Bishop Gerber Science Center, Wichita Kansas, March 28, 2018
Doane University Business Law Class, Guest Speaker, “Space Law 101" Crete Nebraska, December 5, 2017
Seattle Museum of Flight Women in Aerospace Groups, Guest Speaker and Workshop Leader for the Women Who Launch and Seattle Space Gals, “Empowering Women to Bridge the Gap Between Law & Technology” Museum of Flight, Seattle Washington, January 9, 2018
Space Entrepreneurs Seattle Meet-Up Group, Guest Speaker, “Introduction to the Basic Tenants of Space Law" January 10, 2018
Women Advancing the Future of Information Technology in Higher Ed Conference, "Empowering Women to Bridge the Gap Between Law & Technology" Nebraska Innovation Campus, October 19, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting CLE, "Confidence in Contracting and Cutting Costs: Why Attorneys Need to Pay Attention to Blockchain Systems." Co-Presenting with Mike Echternacht, MEEM Legal Services October 12, 2017
University of Missouri College of Law, Columbia, Guest Speaker, “Military Space and Cyber Policy: The DoD Perspective” Columbia Missouri, October 1, 2018
Ignite Lincoln 9, "10 Years in Space Law: Spoiler You Can't Own the Moon." Lincoln Nebraska, August 17, 2017
Asteroid Day at Mueller Planetarium, Featured Presenter (Recurring Event) June 29, 2017
Guest Speaker, “Space law, national security, and your clients data: how satellite regulation ties industries together.” University of Kansas College of Law, Lawrence, March 7, 2017
Guest Speaker, “Space & cyber law avenues for attorneys in the field: what existing law and modern changes in policy tell us about the job market.” University of Missouri College of Law, Columbia, March 1, 2017
Guest Speaker, “Space & cyber law avenues for attorneys in the field: what existing law and modern changes in policy tell us about the job market.” University of South Dakota College of Law, January 18, 2017
Guest Speaker on the Field of Space Law with Professor Frans von der Dunk Doane University, Professor Wendy Hind’s Business Law undergraduate course, 2014-2016 (on going)
“Space Law Basics” a primer on the field with an introduction to commercial space regulation and national security space law and policy. University of Missouri School of Law Kansas City, Guest Speaker, September 28, 2016
20 Under 40 Young Professionals Making a Difference Lincoln Journal Star, June 2013
The Atlantic, "How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?" The Atlantic, September 14, 2018
Space.com, "Can We Prevent War in Space? These Guidelines May Help," article by Charles Q. Choi May 2, 2018
Omaha World Herald, "Editorial: NU College of Law is part of international space-law project" May 21, 2018
Learn More About The Fascinating World Of Space Law, Which Is Absolutely A Real Thing The Mary Sue (Geekosystems)
“NU’s prestigious ‘space law’ program examines down-to-earth questions.” Omaha World Herald, January, 2015,
“Happy Asteroid Day” Lincoln Journal Star, June 28, 2015