Elsbeth Magilton

Elsbeth Magilton Executive Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law and the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center

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Elsbeth Magilton is the Executive Director of the new Nebraska Governance and Technology Center (NGTC) and the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program where she oversees development, growth, and operations. She is also the Executive Producer for Tech Refactored, a podcast from the NGTC at the University of Nebraska.

She has been quoted in The Atlantic, The Verge, Space.com, a host of regional publications, and appeared at SXSW in March 2021. Elsbeth guest lectures and speaks internationally on military-academic partnerships, space law and security, women in technology, and technology related issues. 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.

Elsbeth is a member of the American Society of International Law and served at the Co-Chair (2020-2021) for the Space Law Interest Group. She is part of the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on space law and works with U.S. consulates around the world. 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. 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 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 - with the goal of finishing before her oldest finishes high school in 2030.

Locally, Elsbeth is a member of the Girls Code Lincoln nonprofit board. 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.

If you or your group is seeking a speaker on space, cyber, or telecommunications law, Women in STEM, or any related topic you can learn more about Elsbeth's speaking history on her CV.



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

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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

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

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


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


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


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

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