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Elsbeth Magilton and Gus Hurwitz

Magilton, Hurwitz Speak at USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative

14 Jul 2020    

Executive Director of Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives Elsbeth Magilton and professor Gus Hurwitz were featured expert speakers during the University of Southern California’s Election Cybersecurity Initiative’s Nebraska Workshop on June 18.

Magilton delivered a presentation entitled “Cybersecurity Research and Programming” during the Perspectives panel, which also featured U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R).

Hurwitz participated in the Thought Leadership panel, which featured other University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors, and state leaders.

The initiative, which has planned to host free workshops in all 50 U.S. states, focused on exploring and discussing the topics of “cyber security, disinformation and misinformation, and crisis communications” during its Nebraska workshop. One of the broad goals of the initiative is to “strengthen election cybersecurity” through each of these state workshops, as well as making information regarding best election practices accessible to everyone.

Hurwitz Article Featured in Penn Law Journal of Law and Innovation

14 Jul 2020    

Professor Gus Hurwitz authored the recently published article, Regulation as Partnership, which is featured in the Penn Law Journal of Law and Innovation’s third volume, Rethinking Innovation Policy: The Role of the State. 

This article uses recent literature on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to argue that “Regulation as Partnership” is often a more productive approach to regulation than the more common adversarial and transactional approaches common to the contemporary regulatory environment. Partnerships, in which public entities engage the private sector to serve some government purpose (often to construct infrastructure) in exchange to some ownership interest derived from that purpose, have become popular since the 1980s. They are most often thought of as an alternative vehicle for financing public projects. But they primarily operate (and are most effective when) by aligning the incentives between the public and private project participants. This alignment of incentives stands in stark contrast to the often adversarial and transactional approach to much regulation – with regulation of the tech sector highlighted as an example in this article.

Dunn-Wall named Brunswick Public Service Fellow

14 Jul 2020    

Shailana Dunn-Wall, ’20, was one of two students nationwide selected to serve as a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow. As a fellow, Dunn-Wall will work for Legal Aid of Nebraska to educate residents throughout Nebraska on the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit in an effort to increase the percentage of eligible taxpayers who claim the credit by filing a tax return. 

Berger lead amicus for brief filed in In re Federal Bureau of Prisons' Execution Protocol Cases

10 Jul 2020    

Professor Eric Berger was the lead amicus for an amicus brief that was filed to accompany a cert petition in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding In re Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Execution Protocol Cases (Roane v. Barr). It challenges the legality of the federal government’s new execution protocol. The amicus brief focuses on two administrative law issues, contending that the government failed to follow proper administrative procedures when it adopted the new execution protocol.  

Pearlman, Weber publish faculty bibliography

07 Jul 2020    

Professor Stefanie Pearlman, along with Keelan Weber, head of cataloging and resource management for Schmid Law Library, have published "A Bibliography of University of Nebraska College of Law Faculty Scholarship 2014-2018". This follows Pearlman’s work "A Bibliography of University of Nebraska College of Law Faculty Scholarship 1892-2013" (compiled with Marcia Dority Baker). You can find both bibliographies on the UNL Digital Commons:

Knight Foundation announces funding for Nebraska College of Law project

01 Jul 2020    

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $250,000 investment to support the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The grant made to the University of Nebraska Foundation will support research and programming at the interdisciplinary center based in the College of Law.

“We’re thrilled to have the Knight Foundation’s support as we continue building out this new interdisciplinary focus on the regulatory challenges created by new technologies,” said Professor Gus Hurwitz, director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. “Journalism and media are ground zero for so many of these challenges, and the Knight Foundation’s support in bringing them into this collaboration opens up incredible new possibilities for programming and research.”

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center studies the ever-changing relationship between law and technology, how the law can regulate technology and how new technologies affect what the law can do. The center consists of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and researchers across the University of Nebraska–Lincoln housed at the College of Law and working in partnership with the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Journalism and Mass Communications.

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center is one of 20 projects that received a total of $1.7 million from the Knight Foundation to focus on research to inform the public conversation on current issues in technology policy, including free expression online and the scale and power of digital platforms. These grants, which come amid growing debate over technology’s role in our democracy, will help ensure that society is equipped to make evidence-based decisions on how to govern and manage the now-digital — and increasingly privately-owned — public square.

The awards mark the culmination of the Knight Foundation’s $50 million commitment to catalyze new research to inform how technology is transforming our democracy. Knight’s overall investment has led to the establishment of new research centers at five universities around the country, and it is supporting a range of ongoing research at a growing network of institutions of higher learning, independent research organizations and policy think tanks focused on understanding technology’s impact on democracy and helping to inform solutions.

“As we proceed from a pandemic to an election, everything about technology is getting bigger: the companies, their role in our lives, and the debate about how to manage what we say and do online,” said Sam Gill, Knight Foundation’s senior vice president and chief program officer. “From COVID-19-related misinformation to labeled posts by the president, it’s clear that we need to chart a path forward about how to best protect democratic values in a digital age.”

Nebraska Governance and Technology Center
Elsbeth Magilton, College of Law, Executive Director of Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives,, 402-472-1662


New fall course & exam schedule released

30 Jun 2020    

The College of Law has released an updated course schedule for the fall semester. This schedule serves the dual function of preserving the high-quality educational experience while also ensuring campus safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This updated course schedule can be found here. In addition, the College has also announced its plans for the fall exam period. Information about how and when exams will be administered can be found here

Magilton Part of New NSRI Research Initiative

26 Jun 2020    

A team of faculty members and researchers from across the Lincoln and Omaha University of Nebraska campuses have assembled to form a new research initiative that will collaborate with the National Strategic Research Institute and pool its collective knowledge to support the operations of the future Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center’s (NC3) capabilities under the United States Strategic Command.

The interdisciplinary team members include Nebraska Law’s Elsbeth Magilton, executive director of Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives, along with seven other university professors and researchers with backgrounds in engineering, computer science and public policy. They’ll be working directly with the NSRI Director James Taylor, who oversees STRATCOM Mission Systems.

After its June kick-off, one of the main goals of the team is to gather modeling and simulation capabilities and knowledge regarding the NC3 through a range of workshops and events and use that data to inform how to go about filling identified capability gaps. The data gathered will also help inform future research capabilities and problem-solving needs of NC3 Enterprise Center (NEC). The team will continue their work through fall 2021.

The NEC was formed in 2018 in order to support the operation of the NC3 in regard to current and future requirements generation, systems engineering and integration across all areas.

For more information about this initiative, click here.

Berger interviewed by NET News following SCOTUS LGBTQ+ workplace protection ruling

23 Jun 2020    

Professor Eric Berger was interviewed by NET News following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that LGBTQ+ individuals are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law. Read the article here.

Centner interviewed by IANR’s Market Journal

19 Jun 2020    

Professor Terry Centner was interviewed for episode 923 of the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources’ Market Journal podcast. In the episode, Centner discusses the issue of the three dicamba herbicides and the 9th Circuit's vacating their registrations. Listen here.

Thimmesch quoted by OWH

16 Jun 2020    

Professor Adam Thimmesch was interviewed for and quoted in an Omaha World Herald article published June 4th, “Federal tax changes in coronavirus relief measure could cause $250 million hit to Nebraska coffers.

Schutz named associate dean for faculty

12 Jun 2020    

Dean Richard Moberly has appointed Professor Anthony Schutz as the College of Law’s associate dean for faculty effective June 1. In this role, Schutz’s responsibilities will include mentoring our untenured faculty, focusing on helping the College faculty incorporate technology and remote teaching techniques into their pedagogy where appropriate and working to increase the amount and quality of the Law College’s scholarship and research. Schutz has a twenty-year history with the College of Law, beginning with his time as an extraordinarily successful student and continuing through his work first as an adjunct faculty member while he clerked for the Honorable Arlen C. Beam on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then as a full-time professor over the past fourteen years. 


The product of a farm family in Elwood, Nebraska, Schutz's research interests include the often intertwined subjects of agricultural law, environmental and natural resources law, and state and local government. He has served as the chair of the AALS Section on Agricultural Law, is active in the American Agricultural Law Association, and is a frequent lecturer on agricultural and water law issues. He consults frequently with members of the Nebraska Unicameral on these issues as well as state constitutional issues. Schutz is a co-author of the well-regarded treatise, The Nebraska State Constitution: A Reference Guide, and articles appearing in, among other places, the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, the Texas A&M Law Review, the Fordham Environmental Law Review, and the Nebraska Law Review.


Leiter recipient of Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to ALL

09 Jun 2020    

The 2020 ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship is awarded to Professor Richard Leiter. Those who nominated him cited his service, scholarship, and podcast (Law Librarian Conversations), as well as his "spectacular ability to bring people together to learn, develop and dissect the core values and vision of what it means to be a great law librarian. Since 2000, the annual Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship has recognized an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through continued efforts to improve law librarianship. The award is named in honor of Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar who was also the first academic law librarian to serve as president of AALL.

Fuxa, Barrett, Mirs compete in Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition

05 Jun 2020    

David Fuxa, Sarah Barrett, and Sarah Mirs competed entirely virtually in the 2020 Manfred Lachs International Institute of Space Law Moot Court competition on Saturday, May 30. Out of 26 teams, the Nebraska Law team's brief was the second best in the competition, missing the first spot by only a fraction of point. The team made it into the quarter final rounds of oral arguments. Professor Frans von der Dunk, Adam Little, ’12, and Elsbeth Magilton, ’12, executive director of technology, security, and space law initiatives at the College, coached the team. “The team did a wonderful job representing Nebraska Law,” said Magilton. “We were very impressed by their performance and their adaptability to this circumstance.”

Dean’s Message to Our Community

02 Jun 2020    

Dear Nebraska Law community:
Once again, as we have all too often in the past, we are confronted with unequal justice that can occur in our legal system.  The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis one week ago adds to the numerous complaints of police brutality that have been suffered by people of color in our country.  I know that so many members of our community are suffering right now in one way or another. I am writing to ask you to come together as a community and support each other during this difficult time.
President Carter and the Chancellors have issued a statement on behalf of the University. I recommend you read Vice Chancellor Marco Barker’s message as well. These messages reiterate our community’s goals of equity and inclusion, while recognizing that there is more work to be done.
As the Dean of Nebraska Law, I also am compelled to remind you of your unique role in our system of justice at the core of these events. We need inclusive leaders who understand that the experiences and perspectives of people from all backgrounds must be heard. We must advance justice whenever and wherever there is a need. We must be prepared to deeply critique, criticize, and reform the system of justice that our profession has helped create, all while supporting the many people working in that very system in good faith to pursue equity and fairness.
To prepare ourselves to do this work, we may be required to step outside of own experiences in an effort to examine what is happening right now from a perspective that does not mirror our own. Doing so will likely be difficult; it will require an examination of our own biases. It may require listening more than speaking. It demands that we be deliberate and thoughtful as we do this work.
The University of Nebraska College of Law will be a part of the solution as we strive to create a justice system that works for everyone regardless of race, class, or gender. All of us can participate, for the vast majority of those who exercise our constitutional right of public protest and those who work in the criminal justice system every day seek this very same goal.
Over the last two months we have all lived in unprecedented times caused by a global pandemic. Yet we need to remember that the injustices and inequities that have sparked public demonstrations are not unique. While science may ultimately relieve us of the pandemic, those of us in the legal community have a special responsibility to call out and address injustice and inequity through our deeds and actions. You are being educated and trained to do just that. I hope you do.
For those who are interested in coming together for a dialogue about current events, UNL’s OASIS Center is hosting such an event today, June 2 at 12:00 p.m. You can find information about that event and how to register at
Finally, but importantly, self-care is always essential but most especially during times of stress. Counseling and Psychological Services is offering remote (i.e. Zoom, phone) appointments and crisis support. Crisis services are available 24/7 at 402-472-7450.
Kind regards,


Sullivan, Civil Clinic students participate in Tenant Assistance Project

02 Jun 2020    

Professor Ryan Sullivan and students in the Civil Clinic partnered with the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Legal Aid of Nebraska, the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights and Nebraska Apples dot create the Tenant Assistance Project. The project pairs residents facing eviction with volunteer attorneys trained to provide limited representation in court. Read more about this effort here

Space, Cyber, Telecom student group elects new leadership

29 May 2020    

The Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law student organization has elected new officers for the 2020-2021 academic year. The club works closely with the unique and specialized SCT LLM Program within the College to in speakers annually and recruit for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition. Membership is open to all students at the College of Law. Congratulations to the entire new leadership team!

President: Sarah Mirs

Vice President: Lindsay Bartholomew

Treasurer: Leana Brown

Communications: Martin Fischer

Space Chair: Sarah Lauce

Cyber Chair: Olivia Russel

Telecom Chair: Daniel Kemp

Schutz appears on latest "Ag Law in the Field” episode

26 May 2020    

Professor Anthony Schutz was a featured guest on the latest episode of the podcast “Ag Law in the Field.” Schutz and fellow guest, Professor Jesse Richardson of West Virginia University College of Law, were interviewed by host Tiffany Dowell Lashmet about the recent United States Supreme Court decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Listen here.

Waldron, Wiebelhaus co-recipients of Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award

22 May 2020    

The winners of the 2019-2020 Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award are Mackenzie Martin Waldron and Larissa Wiebelhaus. The annual award recognizes students participating in the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic for demonstrating exceptional legal skills, providing outstanding service to clients, and furthering the mission of the Clinic. "Both Mackenzie and Larissa were exceptional clinic students, embodying the very best attributes of the clinic and of the legal profession,” said Professor Brett Stohs, director of the entrepreneurship clinic. As co-awardees, Waldron and Wiebelhaus will split the $1,000 student award evenly.

Blankley Named Chair of Athletics Committee

19 May 2020    

Professor Kristen Blankley has been elected Chair of the University of Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletics Committee for academic year 2020-21. This committee is a UNL Faculty Senate committee, and the members help provide oversight and guidance for the academic services offered through the Husker Athletics department.