FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Visit University of Nebraska
10 Sep 2019
The University of Nebraska will host Chairman Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday, September 18.
The FCC works on issues ranging from closing the digital divide and facilitating the development of cutting edge communications technologies, to ensuring that telephone and television networks are accessible to all Americans and support public safety uses, and on high profile issues like network neutrality and the deployment of satellite-based Internet services. The visit is hosted by the Nebraska Law Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program and its Co-Director, Professor Gus Hurwitz.
The day-long visit will begin off campus at a precision agriculture farm; a visit coordinated by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. The Chairman will visit Steve Althouse Farms, just outside of Waverly, for a discussion of dryland farming operations, the precision technology used for planting and harvesting, and the data collected. Giltner, Nebraska farmer, Brandon Hunnicut, will also join the visit to provide some perspective about rural connectivity and the use of precision technology in an irrigated system.
Afterward, the Chairman will join students and community members for three unique sessions throughout the day. At a lunch for Law, Business, Engineering, and Journalism students, he will discuss the FCC's work as well as the world of federal policy more generally. Following lunch, the Chairman will join a roundtable discussion about federal communications policy with interested members of the Nebraska community.
The visit will conclude with a public "Fireside Chat" at the Nebraska Union at 3:30. The event will begin with a discussion between Chairman Pai and College of Law Professor Gus Hurwitz, before opening to questions from and discussion with the audience. This event is open to all UNL students as well as the broader University and Lincoln community. Space for this event is limited. Pre-registration is required and will be open until full.
Chairman Pai has led the FCC since 2017, and previously served as a Commissioner for the FCC since 2012. In these capacities, he has helped to shape all aspects of federal communications policies, from efforts to shrink the digital divide, to fostering deployment of next generation wireless technologies, fighting robocalls, freeing spectrum to support next-generation technologies such as precision agriculture and satellite-based Internet access, modernizing media ownership rules, updating public safety technologies (e.g., to allow you to text to 911, and for 911 operators to access location information) -- and, yes, net neutrality. The son of immigrants from India, Chairman Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas. He graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997.
Questions should be directed to Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program, Elsbeth@unl.edu.
4th Annual Advanced Operations Law Conference Deemed a Success
10 Sep 2019
The 4th Annual Advanced Operations Law Conference was a success again this year, held at the Dougherty Conference Center on Offutt Air Force Base. On September 4th and 5th, a number of active military and civilian attendees gathered to discuss “Law and Global Warfighting: The Challenges in 21st Century Practice.”
General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, kicked off the conference with a welcome, followed by speakers Jessica Tok, Space Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense; LTC Zachary Irvine, Deputy Director Commander’s Action Group; Christopher T. Kuklinski USSTRATCOM’s Assistant Deputy Director of Global Operations; among other esteemed leaders and experts in the field of national security and space law. Topics included from Civilian and Military Effects from Low-Yield Nuclear Weapon Detonations, Nuclear Decision Making Process, Presidential Authority under Article 2, and further engaging and thought provoking issues.
All guests were welcomed to an evening reception for refreshments and networking at the end of each day.
Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Executive Director, Elsbeth Magilton was the lead organizer for the project and reflected back on the conference saying, “One of my favorite moments was listening to the recording of Sputnik’s beep and Laura’s recounting of the NBC anchor’s response, ‘Listen now for the sound that will forever more separate the old from the new…’ because I believe that is why we gather to have these conversations. Our world, the technology we create, and modern geopolitics is moving at a rapid pace. It is my hope that conversations and informational sessions like those we’ve enjoyed during this conference prepare to practice in those environments.”
The conference concluded with remarks from Vice Admiral David M. Kriete, Deputy Commander at U.S. STRATCOM, and a refreshed excitement to pursue new developments in the field.
Dawes, '06, Named Director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
27 Aug 2019
Nationally renowned scholar and leader in the health equity and social justice movements, Daniel Dawes, '06, was recently named Morehouse School of Medicine’s Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Associate Lead for Government Relations. In his new position, Dawes will bring a forward-thinking, inclusive and multidisciplinary approach to address issues impacting diverse populations in urban and rural communities in our progressively complex health system, starting on August 19, 2019.
In this role, Dawes will champion health policy strategies focusing on social and political determinants of health to advance MSM’s health equity vision. His work focuses on health reform, health equity, mental/behavioral health, poverty, health system transformation, and bridges research, healthcare, population health and public health – the translation of research discoveries into all communities, including under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities. He is the author of 150 Years of Obamacare, which provides an in-depth lens on the importance of health equity.
“I have worked with Daniel for over seven years and value him as a catalyst and bipartisan collaborator in the health equity space. He has been instrumental in shaping major federal health policies, including the Mental Health Parity Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Affordable Care Act where he led the largest network of leaders committed to prioritizing health equity in federal and state public policies,” said President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD. “His outstanding leadership and tireless work at a national level speaks volumes to his leading the Satcher Health Leadership Institute to the next level.”
“I join in welcoming Daniel Dawes as the new director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. He brings with him a knowledge of public health and health policy that will serve both the institute and the institution well,” said former Morehouse School of Medicine President and 16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD., Ph.D., MPH. “We all look forward to working with Daniel and appreciate his commitment to the institution.”
Dawes is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and has served on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on improving health outcomes and elevating health equity in the United States. He is an adviser to international, national, regional, state, and municipal policymakers, as well as think tanks, associations, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Dawes obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska.
Grady, '04, Named to Best Lawyers© 2020
22 Aug 2019
Rick Grady, '04, has been included on The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 list. Grady is recognized in the area of Construction Law, Litigation.
Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
Grady is a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, Ohio.
Henderson, '78, Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers© 2020
20 Aug 2019
Robert Henderson, '78, was named "Lawyer of the Year" on The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 list. Henderson has earned this designation for the third-consecutive year.
One lawyer in each practice area of the Best Lawyers communities is selected for the honor as "Lawyer of the Year." Henderson is recognized in the area of medical malpractice law.
Henderson is a shareholder at Polsinelli in Kansas City, Mo.
Bentz, '83, Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers© 2020
20 Aug 2019
Gregory Bentz, '83, was named "Lawyer of the Year" on The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 list. One lawyer in each practice area of the Best Lawyers communities is selected for the honor as "Lawyer of the Year." Bentz is recognized in the area of antitrust litigation.
Bentz is a senior partner at Polsinelli in Kansas City, Mo.
Medill Honored in Best Lawyers in America 2020©
15 Aug 2019
Professor Colleen Medill was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2020© in the field of ERISA Litigation. Professor Medill is a nationally recognized speaker and has published extensively on ERISA litigation issues involving breach of fiduciary duty claims and subrogation claims by self-insured health care plans.
About Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. For almost 40 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.
Beard, von der Dunk Continue Work on Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations
12 Aug 2019
Professors Jack Beard and Frans von der Dunk attended the third meeting of international experts drafting the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations. The meeting was held August 4-9 in The Hague, Netherlands, and was hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Defense.
Professor von der Dunk was elevated to the position of Core Expert, and Professor Beard was named to the Board of Directors of the Woomera Manual project and also joined the editorial team.
More about the Woomera Manual project: https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/legal-experts-conflict-in-outer-space-will-happen/.
Registration Open for International Trade Conference
12 Aug 2019
Registration is open for a one-day international trade conference hosted by the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, in collaboration with the Nebraska Farm Bureau.
“What’s on the Horizon for International Trade?” is Oct. 10 at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Hamann Auditorium, 1875 N. 42nd St. The conference is free and open to the public.
The conference will begin with a 30-minute primer on key legal and economic trade concepts to set the stage for subsequent discussions with leading experts and former trade policy officials. They will share insights on today’s fast-moving trade-policy dynamics, including the future of the World Trade Organization, how new trade agreements may reshape the competitive landscape, the impact of tariffs on supply chains, and the estimated economic implications of recent tariffs on Nebraska’s economy.
Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Western Washington and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver the opening keynote.
A lunchtime panel will feature a discussion between former U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter and current university students. Vetter serves as global lead for public affairs and vice chair for agriculture and food at Edelman.
Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will provide closing remarks. A reception will follow.
Advance registration is required. To view the full agenda and register, click here. Conference sessions will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.
The program is approved for 4.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. In-person attendance is required to receive credit.
The vision of Husker alumnus and renowned trade expert Clayton Yeutter, the Yeutter Institute connects academic disciplines related to law, business and agriculture to prepare students for leadership roles in international trade and finance, support interdisciplinary research and increase public understanding of these issues.
Medill Publishes Fifth Edition of Popular ERISA Casebook
31 Jul 2019
Professor Colleen Medill has published the fifth edition of her law school casebook, Introduction to Employee Benefits Law: Policy and Practice. Professor Medill is recognized as a leading academic expert on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and currently serves as one of fifteen appointed members on the United States Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans. Her casebook is used to teach employee benefits law at over 40 ABA-accredited law schools. Other Big Ten law schools that have used the book to teach a course on employee benefits law include Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin. Other law schools using Professor Medill’s casebook include Arizona State, Boston College, Boston University, Colorado, Creighton, Kansas, Maine, Marquette, Missouri, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, San Diego, St. Louis, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wake Forest. The fifth edition contains the latest developments in federal employee benefits law, including the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court decisions in the areas of retiree health care benefits, fiduciary duties, and ERISA preemption of state laws.
Pearlman Receives Two Awards from American Association of Law Libraries
22 Jul 2019
Stefanie Pearlman, Professor of Law Library, received two awards at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting. Pearlman received the Connie E. Bolden Publication Award and the RIPS-SIS Publication Award, both for her article Persuasive Authority and the Nebraska Supreme Court: Are certain jurisdictions or secondary resources more persuasive than others?
The Connie E. Bolden Publication Award recognizes a Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section member’s contribution to the filed of government law librarianship through a scholarly publication on a topic of concern to government law libraries. The publication must have been authored by the Section member and have been published within the last year.
The RIPS-SIS Publication Award honors a Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section member’s contributions to law librarianship through publication, particularly in the areas of research instruction and patron services.
Persuasive Authority and the Nebraska Supreme Court: Are certain jurisdictions or secondary resources more persuasive than others? was published in The Nebraska Lawyer, March/April 2018 issue.
Nelson, '11, Joins E*TRADE Financial
18 Jul 2019
Mark Nelson, '11, has joined E*TRADE Financial as an Assistant General Counsel. Previously, Nelson was a senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Treasury where he worked on domestic and international financial institutions policy.
About E*TRADE Financial
E*TRADE Financial and its subsidiaries provide financial services including brokerage and banking products and services to traders, investors, stock plan administrators and participants and registered investment advisors (RIAs). Securities products and services are offered by E*TRADE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC). Commodity futures and options on futures products and services are offered by E*TRADE Futures LLC (Member NFA). Managed Account Solutions are offered through E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Bank products and services are offered by E*TRADE Bank, and RIA custody solutions are offered by E*TRADE Savings Bank, both of which are federal savings banks (Members FDIC). E*TRADE Securities LLC, E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC, E*TRADE Futures LLC, E*TRADE Bank and E*TRADE Savings Bank are separate but affiliated companies.
West, '10, Joins PCL Construction Services
15 Jul 2019
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $9 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
Beard Teaches Course at Australian Law School on “Strategic Space Law"
10 Jul 2019
In June of this year, Professor Jack Beard co-taught a course entitled “Strategic Space Law” at the Adelaide University Law School in South Australia. Professor Beard is a recognized expert in international law, national security law, and space law. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, together with professors from the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales-Canberra and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.
The Strategic Space Law course examined the legal aspects of space security, globally and domestically. The content of the course ranged across the spectrum from peace to conflict and covered international law and some domestic law applicable to space situational awareness, sharing of technology, expertise and data, space launch, the space component of ballistic missile defense, space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and means to counter these systems, space-based Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT), satellite communications, use of the radio-frequency spectrum and electronic warfare, counter-space operations and force application from space.
Here is a photo of some of the students in the course and faculty at the University of Adelaide Law School. Seated in the front row are: Professor and Dean Melissa de Zwart; the Attorney General and Deputy Premier of South Australia, Vickie Chapman, and; Professor Dale Stephens.
Nebraska Law Named Among Top Law Schools by Above the Law
01 Jul 2019
The University of Nebraska College of Law has been named a top law school by Above the Law, making the list at #36 of over 200 U.S. law schools.
Above the Law’s Top 50 Law School Rankings focus on outcomes, identifying the schools “with quality employment prospects both outside of their particular region and/or for graduates who don’t graduate at the top of the class.” The rankings include measures for real law jobs, quality full-time positions, costs and debt, and alumni satisfaction.
“Three data points should be paramount to prospective law students and law students: cost, bar passage rate, and job placement rate,” said Anna Shavers, acting dean at the College of Law. “These numbers are essential when trying to evaluate the quality of education a law school provides.”
Nebraska Law’s Class of 2018 tallied a 94 percent employment rate within 10 months of earning a degree. This places Nebraska 6th in the country for bar passage required and JD advantage employment.
Although the Above the Law ranking does not consider JD advantage employment, Tasha Everman, assistant dean and director of career development, noted that students have an increasing interest in jobs outside traditional legal employment. “We have found that graduates are pursuing a diversity of jobs that fall under the ‘JD advantage’ category - including positions such as health care and banking compliance officers, international tax advisors, and cyber risk analysts, just to name a few.”
Another key factor in Above the Law’s ranking is cost, both total cost and debt. Nebraska Law scores high in both of these categories.
The total cost for a Nebraska resident to attend Nebraska Law is under $50,000. That is the lowest resident tuition cost in U.S. News’ top 100 law schools. Nebraska Law also has the 6th lowest law school debt in the country.
“Above the Law’s ranking is important because it is based on data points that matter. We are proud to be recognized for having a low-cost legal education while still achieving high rates of bar passage and employment,” said Shavers.
Nebraska Law Among Nation’s Best for Grads Earning Jobs
19 Jun 2019
Programs that create regular, one-on-one interactions between students, faculty and career advisers have helped the University of Nebraska College of Law become one of the nation’s best in terms of employment after graduation.
As tabulated in the 2019 American Lawyer 100 rankings, Nebraska Law finished No. 6 out of 201 law schools nationwide. The results are based on the 2018 graduating class, which tallied a 94 percent employment rate within 10 months of earning a degree.
“We are pleased by the ranking, but not surprised because we have terrific, well-prepared Nebraska Law graduates,” said Richard Moberly, dean of the College of Law and interim executive vice chancellor. “Employers within Nebraska and around the country recognize that hiring a Nebraska Law graduate means they are getting a smart, hard-working and thoughtful lawyer.”
Key Nebraska Law programs that have led to continued improvement in employment after graduation include: required check-ins with the college’s Career Development Office for third-year law students; and the launch of Early Interview Week.
In 2016, Nebraska Law implemented the required check-ins, which happen early in the fall semester of third-year students’ final year. The check-ins primarily focus on two paths: assisting pending graduates with job searches and, for students who have already secured employment, making sure the future lawyers feel prepared for the workplace.
“The mandatory check-ins have really changed the way we interact with students,” said Tasha Everman, assistant dean and director of career development for Nebraska Law. “They allow us to reach out directly to students when they begin that third year.
“The conversations about where they want to be and what they want to do help students focus career goals, putting them on a path to make the most of their last year in law school.”
Gregg Moran, a 2018 Nebraska Law graduate, said the Career Development Office was key in helping him get hired as an associate attorney at Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete in Tampa, Florida. He was an early adopter of the career office’s services, starting regular visits in his first year on campus.
“I constantly went to the CDO seeking advice about how I could become a practicing attorney at a large firm in Florida,” Moran said. “Dean Everman and the other CDO staff members were beyond helpful in providing advice. Their feedback on my forms and resume was invaluable.”
For MacKenzie Hertz, also a 2018 law graduate, career assistance led her to become a judicial clerk in the United States Court for the District of Nebraska.
“CDO advisers were among the first to encourage me to apply for judicial clerkships,” Hertz said. “They provided me needed assistance in maneuvering the judicial clerkship application process, including supplying guide materials and in-person meetings.”
Further career assistance is provided through Early Interview Week. The program, which launched in fall 2017, draws employers to campus to talk face-to-face with interested law students.
“We also work with students in a number of other ways, from outlining ways to broach post-graduate employment within current workplaces to identifying spring externships or pro-bono opportunities to develop additional skills,” Everman said. “Combined, our efforts have definitely moved the needle when it comes to Nebraska Law students having employment at graduation.”
Data for the American Lawyer rankings was provided by the American Bar Association and organized by the online publisher Law.com.
Nebraska Law has been named an A+ best value law school in preLaw Magazine for bar passage rates and employment relative to the cost. The college has been counted in the top 10 since the inception of the preLaw Magazine ranking.
Nebraska Law Students Study at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China
17 Jun 2019
Fifteen University of Nebraska College of Law students, one Indiana University School of Law student, and one Southern Methodist University School of Law student recently returned from a study abroad trip at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China and the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. Dean Richard Moberly accompanied the group and Professor Harvey Perlman coordinated the trip with support from Hanban, the Chinese agency that sponsors Confucius Institutes around the world including at Nebraska.
The for-credit course occurred during the summer pre-session so that students were able to participate in the trip and return to the United States for other summer work experiences.
“Three days after my last final, I boarded a plane, quickly forgot about a tough year of law school, and immersed myself in the heart of China,” said Dave Fuxa, Nebraska Law 3L.
The course in Comparative Chinese Law included daily lectures from Chinese professors, as well as Professor Perlman and Dean Moberly. Students also attended lectures on Chinese economics and culture.
“In the mornings we attended lectures on comparative law, and in the afternoons we were guided to cultural heritage sites in and around Xi’an and Beijing. I witnessed first-hand the colorful and impressive Chinese history and culture.”
Students were given a special tour of the People’s Court and the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Judges from the Court and Standing Committee members led the tour and spent time with the students discussing the differences in Chinese and American legal processes.
“I was surprised both in how much I knew and how much I learned. The trip was a great extension of our International Perspectives course and a great supplement to upper level comparative law courses.”
Ruser Re-Appointed to Access to Justice Commission
13 Jun 2019
Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican has re-appointed Professor Kevin Ruser, ’79, as a member of the Access to Justice Commission for a four-year term. The purpose of the Commission is to “promote the Nebraska Supreme Court’s goal of providing equal access to swift, fair justice for all Nebraskans regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age or language.”
The 24-member Nebraska Access to Justice Commission brings together representatives from all three branches of government, as well as community members, attorneys and legal organizations, educators, and representatives from organizations serving low-income Nebraskans and those with disabilities.
Professor Stefanie Pearlman is also an inaugural member of the Commission. Pearlman’s term expires in 2021.
Nebraska Law alumni serving on the Commission include:
Justice Stephanie Stacy, '91
Judge Roger Heideman, '92
Amie Martinez, '94
Carole McMahon-Boies, '82
Judge Frankie Moore, '83
Joe Nigro, '83
Jose Soto, '84
Judge Derek Vaughn, '99
More information about the Commission, including a full list of members is available at: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/access-justice-commission.
Shavers to Serve as Acting Dean
03 Jun 2019
Professor Anna Shavers will serve as acting dean of the College of Law while Richard Moberly serves as the interim executive vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law and associate dean for diversity and inclusion for the college. She joined Nebraska Law faculty in 1989.
Lengeling Named Fellow in Rural Summer Legal Corps
22 May 2019
Second-year law student Tessa Lengeling is one of 30 law students nationwide to be named a Summer Fellow in the Rural Summer Legal Corps, a joint program of Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation.
Lengeling joins other public interest law students in addressing pressing legal issues facing rural communities in the areas of housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, tribal, and family law.
During the Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship, Lengeling will be hosted at Iowa Legal Aid, where she will provide legal assistance to clients in the areas of domestic abuse, custody disputes, evictions, foreclosures, utility shut-offs, expungements, community economic development, and consumer matters.