Elsbeth Magilton

Biography

Elsbeth Magilton 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, completing courses in cybercrime and electronic discovery and working with the Center for Legal and Court Technology.

Elsbeth is the Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law programs at the University of Nebraska College of Law. There she oversees program development and strategic growth, program budgets, government and commercial collaborations, research projects and proposals, the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition team, online classroom structure and technology deployment, and serves as the main on-campus contact for LL.M., J.S.D. and J.D. students specializing in space, cyber, or telecommunications law.

Her current focus areas include commercial space law and policy, cybersecurity and cybercrime, and national security. Elsbeth is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska and is member of the Nebraska Bar Association. She is a member of the National Women in Aerospace organization and hosts the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on Women in STEM, Cybersecurity, and National Security, annually. Elsbeth is the law college’s principal investigator for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center – the only such center in the Depart of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships.

In September 2018 Elsbeth and the program's founding faculty member and Co-Director Matt Schaefer received a $250,000 NASA Space Law pilot-program grant to create a nationwide network of students, faculty and practitioners interested in space law and policy.

In her free time Elsbeth enjoys being a mother to two young children, reading, running, and indulging in being an all-around internet junkie.

Articles

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

Presentations

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

University of Missouri College of Law, Columbia, Guest Speaker, “Military Space and Cyber Policy: The DoD Perspective” Columbia Missouri, October 1, 2018

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

Awards

20 Under 40 Young Professionals Making a Difference  Lincoln Journal Star, June 2013

Media

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

“Happy Asteroid Day”  Lincoln Journal Star, June 28, 2015

Education

J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law, 2011
B.A., cum laude, Doane College, 2008

Areas of Expertise