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Walters, ’70, Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2015

22 Sep 2014    

University of Nebraska College of Law graduate, James M. Walters, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Walters is a senior partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms.

Nebraska Law Students Lead Constitution Day Project

18 Sep 2014    

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, students for the College of Law lead more than 2,300 Lincoln Public Schools eighth-graders through a project to celebrate Constitution Day.

The project is part of the college's Community Legal Education Project, a student run organization that focuses on community outreach. The effort included more than 60 volunteers who talked about the importance and history of the Constitution in eight Lincoln middle schools.

"This is the second year we have worked with Lincoln Public Schools on this Constitution Day project," said Chris Schmidt, a second-year law student and event organizer. "The Constitution gets a bad rap for being this ancient and old document, but we try to get the students to realize it is alive and affecting us every day."

To show how the Constitution remains active, Schmidt said the presentations involved current topics, including debates on the need for school uniforms and if freedom of speech applies to social media posts.

"We think the topic of getting in trouble for what you post online will be a good one to get the students' blood going," Schmidt said. "It's going to be fun to show them what the Constitution says and how it even impacts the lives of 13 year olds."

Law students posed the question: Should a school be able to discipline a student for making an inappropriate comment online even if it didn’t happen at school? Some classrooms said yes, some said no, but most agree that cyberbullying is a problem that needs addressed.

The college's Community Legal Education Project provides law students with the opportunity to teach elementary and middle school students about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and other legal issues. During the spring semester, law students go into local elementary classrooms once a week for six weeks to teach prepared lessons.

von der Dunk Speaking and Chairing at International Astronautical Conference in Toronto

16 Sep 2014    

Professor Frans von der Dunk will be presenting, FROM SPACE TOURISTS TO UNRULY PASSENGERS? THE US STRUGGLE WITH ‘ON-ORBIT JURISDICTION’ at the forthcoming Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space organized by the International Institute of Space Law at the International Astronautical Conference in Toronto, on October 1, 2014. Von der Dunk is also chairing the International Academy of Astronautics/International Institute of Space Law Scientific/Legal Round Table on the topic of the increasingly high resolution of space EO data, which combined  with increasing location and navigation information provided by satellites, raises new questions regarding the risks and threats of abuse of such data, for example in areas of privacy, human rights and public order (terrorism).

Alumni and Exec Director Magilton Featured in Lincoln City Libraries Campaign

15 Sep 2014    

2011 JD alum and Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law programs, Elsbeth Magilton, was featured in the Lincoln City Libraries Idea Place Campaign, Monday September 15th. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the city libraries and all of their varied resources. 

1992 JD alum, Mark Fahleson was also featured by the campaign, on September 8th. 

The full poster and the other featured Lincolnites can be viewed at

Blankley Blogs on NASCAR Incident

11 Sep 2014    

Assistant Professor Kirsten Blankley published an article on the ADR Prof Blog. Blankley provided insights in regard to conflict, mediation and psychology surrounding the recent incident in which NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a fatal on-track collision with fellow driver Kevin Ward.

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Thimmesch Published in Virginia Tax Review

11 Sep 2014    

Article by Professor Adam Thimmesch, Trailing Nexus, was published in the Virginia Tax Review. The piece is the first to comprehensively analyze the duration of states' taxing powers and proposes a new economic-latency approach that differs substantially from the policies currently applied by states. The article can be found at 33 Va. Tax Rev. 497 (2014).

Schaefer to Speak at 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto

10 Sep 2014    

Professor Schaefer to Speak at 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto Oct. 1, 2014; Will be Eighth Space Law Speaking Engagement at Major Conference in Past Year

The number of presentations at major conferences made by Professor Schaefer in the past year will grow to eight next month when Professor Schaefer presents his paper on the intersection of space insurance markets with liability regimes for third-parties and space flight participants in commercial space activities to the 65th International Astronautical Congress & 57th International Institute of Space Law (IISL) Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space in Toronto on October 1.  Professor Schaefer has previously spoken on space law topics at seven major space law and international law conferences in the past year: ABILA International Law Weekend – Midwest (St. Louis, September 2013); American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) International Law Weekend (New York, October 2013); University of Nebraska 6th Annual D.C. Space Law Conference (Washington, D.C., November 2013); International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Space Exploration Conference (Washington, D.C., January 2014); National Space Symposium (Colorado Springs, April 2014); Newspace 2014 (San Jose, CA, July 2014); and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2014 (San Diego, CA, August 2014).

Schaefer Presents Paper at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Conference

10 Sep 2014    

Professor Schaefer presented a paper on incentivizing US space debris remediation companies at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2014 Conference. The paper argued that space act agreements for space debris remediation technology companies should be explored by NASA in the future at the AIAA Space 2014 taking place in San Diego on August 6.  

Schaefer Moderates Property Rights Panel at Newspace

10 Sep 2014    

Professor Matthew Schaefer moderated the only legal panel at Newspace 2014 on July 25, 2014 in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The panel focused on property rights issues, in particular the recent bill introduced by Rep. Posey called the ASTEROIDS Act, how property rights are linked to the issue of on-orbit jurisdiction, and the consistency of proposed US legislation with US international obligations.  The panel session can be viewed at

UNL conference in D.C. to focus on broadband regulation

05 Sep 2014    

Justin “Gus” Hurwitz, a professor of telecommunications law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, says issues of broadband speed and availability are going to get more challenging for citizens and policymakers in coming years as people around the world become more deeply entwined with the Internet.

A September conference in Washington, D.C., co-hosted by the Nebraska Law’s Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program, the Federal Communications Commission and the American Enterprise Institute, will take aim at emerging policy and regulatory issues facing the broadband sector. The Sept. 10-12 event, to be held in the FCC’s main meeting room, will feature a half day of keynote panels that are open to the public, a full day of invitation-only panels, and a final half day public session to hone the overall themes of the conference.

UNL Communications reporter Leslie Reed covered the conference on September 4th, 2014. You can learn more from the FCC press release, posted August 29th, 2014.

Striman presented AALL Recognition Award

05 Sep 2014    

Professor Brian Striman was presented a recognition award at the July 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. The award recognizes dedication and leadership for his work as Chair of the 2013-2014 Technical Services Special Interest Section.

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McClarty Receives Scholarship from Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus

25 Aug 2014    

Bri McClarty, ’15, recently received a scholarship from Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus at the Helen Boosalis Inspiring Women luncheon. McClarty was selected for the award based on an essay she wrote on a female elected official or community leader that inspires her to be involved. McCLarty wrote her essay on Nebraska Law alumna Sen. Danielle Conrad, ’03.

Leiter Named 2014 Fastcase 50 Winner

25 Aug 2014    

Professor Richard Leiter was nominated and selected by Fastcase to be among its top 50 entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers — people who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services.

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National Jurist Names Nebraska Law #2 Best Value

15 Aug 2014    

The National Jurist magazine released its annual "Best Value Law Schools" list in its Back to School 2014 edition, ranking Nebraska Law #2 in that list. The rankings take into account the percentage of graduates who pass the bar examination, the percentage of graduates who find employment, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation. "The College of Law has a consistent history of providing an excellent legal education at an affordable cost. This value provides our graduates with great flexibility in their career choices," said Dean Susan Poser. "We are thrilled to again be recognized for providing this value."
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College of Law Jumps Seven Spots in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Schools to No. 54

13 Aug 2014    

Nebraska Law continued its momentum in the new rankings, landing among the Best Law Schools at No. 54 out of 193 U.S. institutions. The seven-spot jump this year follows a 28-spot leap last year. Susan Poser, dean of the College of Law, said it was gratifying – but not surprising – to see such national recognition for the progress the law college has made. “The credit goes to the faculty, who are scholars and teachers who also participate in law reform at the local, state, national, and international levels, and to our innovative curriculum, which prepares students for a wide array of careers,” Poser said.

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Medill Testifies on the Duties of Employers Who Sponsor Retirement and Health Care Plans

13 Aug 2014    

On June 18th Professor Colleen Medill testified before the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council on the fiduciary responsibilities of employers who sponsor retirement and health care plans for their workers. The ERISA Advisory Council was established as part of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to advise the Secretary of Labor and to make administrative policy recommendations. Medill was invited to testify by Chair Ralph C. Derbyshire, who is the Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Fidelity Investments.
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Crump, ’90, Receives Honor from 8th Circuit Bar Association

06 Aug 2014    

Linda Crump, ’90, was honored at the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference on August 7th, receiving the Richard S. Arnold award for Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement from the Eighth Circuit Bar Association.
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Four Honored at Alumni Council Awards Lunch

14 Jul 2014    

The College of Law community gathered on April 11 for its annual Alumni Council Awards Lunch at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. At the luck, the Alumni Council awarded Associate Dean and Professor Richard Moberly the distinguished faculty award; Paige Amundson the Woods & Aitken outstanding student award; Hon. Vernon Daniels the distinguished alumnus award; and, Esther Beynon the outstanding service award.

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Recent Graduate Noelle Polk Wins National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award

14 Jul 2014    

Noelle Polk, 14, has been selected to be the University of Nebraska College of Law’s nominee for the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. Along with this award, she will be published in the Women Lawyers Journal as a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Student Award. Congratulations, Noelle! Thank you so much for enriching our community through your commitment to women’s rights and other noble causes.

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Alumnus John Albin Named Acting Commissioner of Labor

14 Jul 2014    

Governor Heineman named alumnus John Albin, ’79, as Acting Commissioner of Labor. Albin is currently General Counsel for the Nebraska Department of Labor. Albin is a native of Humbolt, NE and has been with the Department of Labor for more than 24 years, having begun as an administrative law judge in 1990. He joined the Department’s Legal Division in 1993 and became General Counsel in 2000. We wish him well in this new role.