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Professor Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton

University of Nebraska to Create Space Law Network

24 Sep 2018    

The University of Nebraska has 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.

“NASA understands workforce development is crucial to the United States’ prosperity in space. We hope to foster a great pool of attorneys to pull their legal workforce from,” said Elsbeth Magilton, executive director of the Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program in the University of Nebraska College of Law. “The key objective of the Space Law Network is to implement a system to support, educate and provide opportunities to law students across the country interested in space law and policy.”

The project is facilitated by the NASA Nebraska Space Grant office at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, led by Scott Tarry, director; and Michaela Lucas, associate director. It will be implemented by Nebraska’s space law program, led by Matt Schaefer, co-director and program faculty; and Magilton.

“This grant allows the Space Law Network to fund legal internships at NASA, as well as bring students from all over the U.S. to numerous national conferences, where they’ll hear from leading scholars,” Schaefer said. “This April, Nebraska Law will host a student and new scholar space law workshop, focused on research, writing and publication, while also giving students the opportunity to build career-development plans targeting careers in space.”

The Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program and the Nebraska Space Grant are uniquely situated to create the Space Law Network, which will strengthen, enhance and diversify connections between U.S. law schools and space law experts. Over the past 10 years, Nebraska’s space law program has trained attorneys who serve in the military, including U.S. Air Force Space Command; civil government, including the U.S. State Department; and commercial space law positions, including SpaceX and Firefly Aerospace. The program hosts one of the largest annual conferences in space law each year in Washington, D.C., and is guided by a world-class advisory board.

Schaefer and Magilton are prominent figures in space law education. Schaefer is co-chair of the American branch of the International Law Association’s Space Law Committee and a member of the International Law Association’s Space Law Committee. His writings have influenced congressional commercial space legislation the past three years, and he is the principal organizer of the D.C. space law conference. Magilton is vice chair of the American Society of International Law’s Space Law Interest Group. She was recently nominated for the Women in Aerospace Awareness Award for her work at the university, including increasing the number of Judge Advocate Generals from military services benefitting from space law-specific education; and organizing the annual Operational Law conferences at U.S. Strategic Command, focused in part on space operations.

The Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law faculty also includes Frans von der Dunk, author of the leading handbook in the field and adviser to foreign governments on commercial space legislation; Jack Beard, a leading figure in the Woomera Manual on the international law of military operations in space; Matt Novak, designer and teacher of a groundbreaking course in space law research; and co-director Gus Hurwitz, a leading cyber, cybersecurity and spectrum scholar.

Hannah Carroll-Altman

Carroll-Altman, '18, Joins Berry Law

12 Sep 2018    

Hannah Carroll-Altman, '18, recently passed the Nebraska Bar and will be joining Berry Law Firm as its newest criminal defense attorney. Hannah brings a wide variety of legal experience to the Berry Law team. Hannah has argued in front of the Nebraska Court of Appeals and second-chaired the defense for sexual assault jury trial, which resulted in an acquittal.

Hannah is originally from Kearney, Nebraska. She received her B.S. in Criminology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 2014. She received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska – College of Law in 2018. While at Nebraska Law, Hannah was the recipient of the prestigious CALI Excellence for the Future Award in both Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. The CALI Award is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class. Hannah is also the author of a “Self-Help Guide” for inmates to pursue declaratory relief claims for miscalculations of their ‘good time’ served.

During her time in law school, Hannah worked as a Senior Certified Law Clerk at the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy, a government organization which provides legal representation to indigent defendants charged with first degree murder and serious violent and drug-related felonies. In law school, she also worked for two years as a Senior Certified Law Clerk for Anderson, Creager, Wittstruck, P.C., L.L.O., a full-practice law firm in Lincoln. In this position, Hannah worked mainly in the areas of state and federal criminal defense.

Also, during law school, Hannah participated in Nebraska Law’s Criminal Clinic, in which she prosecuted misdemeanors for the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office. Through the Clinic, she successfully prosecuted a bench trial and won a sizeable restitution award for the victim.

Hannah was the President of the Student Chapter of the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association for two years in law school. She also is currently a member of several distinguished associations, including the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Nebraska State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

At Berry Law Firm, Hannah will focus her legal practice on criminal defense, specializing in sexual assaults and sex crimes, Title IX investigations, interstate drug stops and drug crimes, and DUI/DWI defense.

When she is not focusing on her legal career, Hannah enjoys traveling and scuba diving. She has over 60 logged dives and is a Certified Rescue Diver and a Certified Night Diver.

Berry Law Firm is happy to add Hannah to the team!

Professor Jessica Shoemaker

Shoemaker's Article Accepted by California Law Review

10 Sep 2018    

Professor Jessica Shoemaker's article, Transforming Property: Reclaiming a Modern Indigenous Land Tenure, has been accepted by the California Law Review. The California Law Review is committed to publishing the most “innovative and insightful legal scholarship.”

In Transforming Property, Shoemaker builds on her prior work on the unique and complex challenges of modern reservation property systems and, for the first time in the literature, opens a new pathway to reclaim tribally driven property regimes within reservation boundaries. This article makes unique contributions to property theory, provides a robust analysis of property system dynamics, and powerfully situates this entire property project in the broader context of indigenous rights. 

The research and writing of this article was supported by both a McCollum grant and the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska.

The abstract is below:

This Article challenges existing narratives about the future of American Indian land tenure. The current highly-federalized system for reservation trust property is deeply problematic. It is expensive, bureaucratic, oppressive, and directly linked to persistent poverty in many reservation communities. Yet, for complex reasons, this trust property has proven largely immune from fundamental reform. Today, there seem to be two primary options floated for the future: a “do the best with what we have” approach that largely accepts core problems with the existing trust, perhaps with some minor tinkering focused on efficiency, for the sake of the benefits and security it does provide, or a return to old, already-failed reform strategies focused on simply “liberating” American Indian people with a forced transition to state-based fee-simple property. Both strategies respond, sometimes implicitly, to deep impulses about how property should work, especially in a market economy, but both also neglect sufficient respect for the true potential of more autonomous tribal property regimes.

This Article engages property theory and related work on adaptation and change in complex systems, including property, to make the case for more radical institutional land reform as a realistic alternative choice, even in the complex and multi-layered environment of existing reservations. Property systems are full of dynamic, pluralistic potential, and property powerfully shapes the contours of both human communities and physical landscapes. This Article unearths this existing potential and charts a series of alternative steps, driven primarily by respect for tribal governments’ own actions and choices, to reclaim new, modern versions of indigenous land tenure within reservation spaces.                

Professor Brian Lepard

Lepard Teaches Course at Brazilian Law School on “Hot Topics in International Law”

05 Sep 2018    

In July and August of this year Professor Brian Lepard taught a one-week course entitled “Hot Topics in International Law” at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (“UFRGS”) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  About 30 students participated in the course. Professor Lepard is the Harold W. Conroy Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law and a recognized expert on international and comparative law.

Topics discussed in the course included the regulation of war and the pursuit of peace; the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons; the legality of the threat or use of chemical weapons; the protection of civilians in armed conflict; the prosecution of war criminals by international criminal tribunals; the responsibility to protect victims of mass atrocities; the protection of the human rights of minorities; the protection of the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers; the legality of hate speech; the prevention of global warming and the protection of the environment; the legal implications of tariffs and trade wars in the global economic system; and growing skepticism about international organizations.

Here is a photo of the students proudly holding their course certificates, along with Professor Lepard and Professor Claudia Lima Marques of UFRGS, who helped organize the course:

Students in Brazil

Professor Brian Lepard

Lepard Interviewed about the 2017 U.S. Tax Cut and Jobs Act and Its Implications for Brazil

24 Aug 2018    

Zero Hora, one of Brazil’s largest circulation national newspapers, published an interview in its August 6, 2018 edition with Professor Brian Lepard.  (A reproduction of the page containing the interview can be found here.  An online version is available here.)  Professor Lepard is the Harold W. Conroy Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law and a recognized expert on tax law, including international tax law.

The interview concerned the Tax Cut and Jobs Act adopted by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2017.  The interview was conducted by Zero Hora economics columnist Marta Sfredo with Professor Lepard while he was in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Professor Lepard gave a major talk, sponsored by the Instituto de Estudos Tributários (Institute for Tax Studies), on the tax law and its implications for Brazilians and Brazilian companies.  He also taught a one-week course entitled “Hot Topics in International Law” at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (“UFRGS”).  Furthermore, he was a guest speaker in a course at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (“PUCRS”) on freedom of expression and the regulation of hate speech under international law. 

Brian Lepard

The published version of the interview was captioned, “Capital Responses – Brian Lepard, Professor of the University of Nebraska.”  Here is an English translation of the interview:

“The Base of Taxation is Income”

The American tax expert Brian Lepard, professor at the University of Nebraska, in the United States, was in Porto Alegre for the inaugural class of a course sponsored by the Institute for Tax Studies. In good Portuguese, using English only to avoid ambiguities, he offered an interview for this column reinforcing critiques of Donald Trump’s tax reform and the Brazilian system. He recounted that he learned the Portuguese language in a three-month course, motivated by cooperation agreements that the University has with UFRGS and PUCRS.

Question: It is said that the tax reform can stimulate the American economy, which is already strong, even more.  Going forward, can this cause a whiplash effect?

Response: Yes, there is a perception that it is not necessary to have a tax stimulus in the economy at this moment.  There are doubts about whether it was necessary. The effects can be diminished because the economy is growing. Normally, there are stimuli during periods of crisis or slow growth.

Question: Would there be better effects in a slower economy?

Response: We have other examples, not only from the tax system but involving the direct injection of money by the U.S.  Government and the lowering of interest rates.  These types of intervention are more effective in periods of recession or slow growth. But there is the perspective that lower rates for corporations are good in the long term. Before, the U.S. had corporate tax rates of up to 35%, which were higher than in most of the rest of the world and were a disincentive to investment.  Businesses went to other countries. One purpose of the new law was to eliminate that problem.  

Question: What are some other points concerning the new law?

Response:  Another question regarding the law is why it reduces the rate applicable to corporations and not as much the rate applicable to individuals. The law reduces the rate for individuals, but not by much. Before the new law, the highest rate was 39.6% for the wealthiest, which fell to 37%. In the tax reform act adopted under the Ronald Reagan Administration, in 1986, the rates applicable to individuals were reduced much more, from almost 50% to 28%.  So in this new law the reduction was much smaller.  Congress also hoped that corporations would use the tax reduction to make investments, create jobs, and pay more to their employees.  The effects have been more muted in these areas.  Some corporations have announced they are paying a little more to their employees, but many are using the tax savings to buy back their own shares on the stock market.  If the price is considered low, the corporation can benefit by buying back its own shares because in the future it can sell them for a higher price.

Question:  Would the appropriate reaction of Brazil to the American reform be simplification?

Response: Yes, simplification.  This was one of the purposes of the 1986 tax reform act.  In Brazil, there are many taxes on consumption -- the purchase of goods and services.  I understand that almost 50% of Brazilian government revenues come from taxes on consumption of some kind. By contrast, only 20% of revenues come from taxes on income. In the U.S., the situation is almost reversed. Taxing income is better from the point of view of equity.  The richest earn more and therefore pay more, leading to a progressive system. Taxes on consumption represent a smaller proportion of the income of the rich than they do of the poor.  [In an income tax] the base of taxation is income.  I understand that dividends are not taxed in Brazil.  Usually they are received by wealthier taxpayers.  Therefore it is also necessary to modify the definition of taxable income and increase the types of income that are taxable to make the system more equitable.    


Magilton Moderates Panel at USSTRATCOM Deterrence Symposium

Magilton Moderates Panel at USSTRATCOM Deterrence Symposium

20 Aug 2018    

On August 2nd, Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton represented the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) at the Annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Deterrence Symposium in front of 750 people, including the USSTRATCOM Commander General Hyten and multiple generals from the US military and those of our allies, featuring impressive student research the Alliance selected to highlight at this larger conference.

 Last year the College of Law joined with the University’s Political Science department to co-host the annual Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance spring conference this March. The USSTRATCOM DAAA harnesses the work of academics and researchers, asking them to collaborate with both one another and with individuals inside USSTRATCOM to think about deterrence in new and challenging ways. The DAAA is an alliance made up of over 40 academic institutions focusing on the modern complexities of assurance and deterrence.

In introducing her panel of student authors, Magilton said “This year my conference co-planner Professor Tyler White and I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional approaches and simultaneously indulge in a pun, calling our event, “Thinking Outside the Silo: Creative Problem Solving in Deterrence and Assurance." Our goal was simple. To challenge conventional wisdom to address the changing landscape of security threats and war fighting domains. Presentations featured outside the box thinking and used new and innovative methodologies to reassess old problems and address new ones in deterring adversaries and assuring our allies. Over two days, students and faculty presented, debated, and pushed one another to higher levels. The conference featured a student-centric table top exercise and challenged our interdisciplinary group to strategize and think in ways they hadn’t before. In summary, I know my institution and our students greatly benefit from our participation in the Alliance and I am hopeful that our work contributes to their men and women who work at STRATCOM every day.”

The highlighted papers covered a range of topics, from cyber threats facing NC3 to explaining conflicts that fall short of war, from analyzing how urban geography shapes nuclear strategy to mining the rhetoric of North Korea. In Magilton’s words, “Their work represents what the Alliance does best: engage a new generation of deterrence thinkers and push the boundaries of traditional thinking.”

Kristen Blankley

Blankley Named Recipient of the Binning Award for Excellence

17 Aug 2018    

Professor Kristen Blankley is the recipient of this year’s Binning Award. Her research productivity was particularly impressive this year. She was the lead author on a new book in the "Understanding…" series, Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution, published by Carolina Academic Press, and she also wrote a book chapter for another book, Mediation Ethics in ADR in Employment Law. Her co-authored case book, Arbitration: Law, Policy, and Practice, for which she wrote four chapters, was also published this summer. Moreover, she published a law review article, Agreeing to Collaborate in Advance, in Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution. Professor Blankley is clearly the go-to ADR scholar in Nebraska and she is burnishing her national reputation as well.        

On top of this scholarship, Blankley teaches significant credit-hours, and she willingly takes on new assignments. She supervises a tremendous number of externships and also coaches the College’s mediation team, which provides a fantastic experience for students.

Professor Blankley is incredibly dedicated to the College of Law, the University and our community. She chairs the Curriculum Committee, which examined a number of important issues this past year, and worked on the ABA Accreditation Committee. She is the Director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics and this year helped the Center revamp its website and better publicize its work. Finally, Kristen has demonstrated local and national leadership through her extensive work on a variety of University and ABA committees as well as by serving as a board member for The Mediation Center.

Professor Adam Thimmesch

Thimmesch Named Recipient of the Bunger Memorial Award for Excellence

16 Aug 2018    

Professor Adam Thimmesch has been named the 2017-2018 recipient of the Ray H. Bunger Memorial Award for Excellence. 

Of particular note this year, Professor Thimmesch published two essays in online law reviews, two substantive pieces in State Tax Notes, ten blog posts on the SurlySubGroup blog, and co-wrote another piece that is in the process of being published by State Tax Notes. He also spent a significant amount of time revising and working on his article, Tax Privacy?, which was recently published in the Temple Law Review. His work also has had an impact; it was cited in amicus briefs before the Supreme Court for the South Dakota v. Wayfair case, an issue on which Professor Thimmesch has become a national thought leader.

Professor Thimmesch continues to have great success in the classroom. He began teaching  a new course, Corporate Tax, and also taught an independent study and supervised an externship. He received the Upper-class Professor of the Year award, which has become an almost annual tradition. This was his third time winning the award in the last six years.

Professor Thimmesch also provided tremendous service this year to the College. He worked on the Yeutter Chair search, continued his work with the Great Plains Federal Tax Institute, managed the John Gradwohl Business and Estate Planning Seminar, and took on a new responsibility directing the Law+Business Initiative. He also consulted with state senators on several bills before the Unicameral.

The Ray H. Bunger Memorial Award for Excellence is an annual award chosen by the Dean on the basis of demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, academic promise, and achievement related to the fulfillment of the research and teaching mission of the University of Nebraska College of Law. The donor for this award gave this gift to commemorate the life of the donor’s father, Ray H. Bunger, who was a lifelong devoted supporter of the University of Nebraska. He sent his three sons to the University of Nebraska for varying periods and several of his grandchildren also received education at the University. He firmly believed that “a good education is something that can never be taken away from you.” He was President of the Franklin County School District #44 and Secretary of the Board of Upland COOP Credit Association.

Robert Henderson

Henderson, '78, Named A "Lawyer of the Year"

16 Aug 2018    

Robert Henderson, ’78, was named as one of the “Lawyers of the Year” on The Best Lawyers in America 2019 list. Henderson earned the designation for the second consecutive year and the third time in his career. 

Only one lawyer in each practice area of the Best Lawyers communities is selected for the honor as “Lawyer of the Year”.

Henderson is a shareholder at Polsinelli’s Kansas City office where is he practices personal injury litigation – defendants.

Gregg Moran

Moran, ’18, Wins National Employee Benefits Writing Competition

01 Aug 2018    

Gregory Moran, ’18, won the 2018 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel’s Fourteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition. Moran’s winning submission was entitled “Breaches Within Breaches – The Crossroads of ERISA Fiduciary Responsibilities and Data Security.” He will receive the award at the College's annual black tie induction dinner on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn.

Moran is the third Nebraska Law student to receive this award. Alexander Engelkamp won the writing competition in 2017, and Brian Fahey won the writing competition in 2015.

Jesse Maddox

Maddox, '01, Named a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer by Daily Journal

24 Jul 2018    

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore partner, Jesse Maddox, '01, has been named a 2018 California “Top Labor & Employment Lawyer” by the Daily Journal.  This is the seventh year that one of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's attorneys has been selected to this list, which is released annually and recognizes the 75 California attorneys who are the “top in the field.”

Jesse was selected for his focus on defending employers throughout California in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. Most recently, Jesse won a unanimous jury verdict in favor of the City of Stockton in a pregnancy/gender discrimination and whistleblower retaliation case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California - Sacramento Division.
This case was selected as a “Top Verdict” of 2017 by the Daily Journal as well as “Case of the Month” in the May edition of Trial’s Digest - the Fresno County Bar Bulletin.  The victory was obtained using a strategy that highlighted the bias of the plaintiff, specifically comments she made about her boss and his Mormon faith. 
“By preparing witnesses and making them as identifiable as possible, you make it more personal so the jury understands there are real people involved, making the best decisions they can using their judgment,” said Jesse. “It’s not just some greedy corporation or governmental entity.”
Jesse is a Partner in our Fresno and Sacramento offices  and has litigated over 50 employment law actions in federal and state courts through all stages of litigation, including jury trials, bench trials, and appeals. He serves on the Executive Committees of the Firm's Litigation and Public Safety Practice Groups. Jesse is also a member of the Fresno County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
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Langenberg, '93, Named Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Field Office

12 Jul 2018    

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named James C. Langenberg, '93, as special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Field Office. Mr. Langenberg most recently served as the chief of the External Audits and Compliance Section in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ).

Mr. Langenberg entered on duty with the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Albuquerque Field Office, where he investigated white collar crime, counterintelligence, and violent crime and major offender matters. He was a member of the Albuquerque SWAT team, a certified sniper, and served as the Associate Division Counsel.

In 2001, Mr. Langenberg was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, FBIHQ, where he served as the FBI’s liaison to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2002, Mr. Langenberg transferred to the Counterintelligence Division, FBIHQ, and became a charter member of the new Counterespionage Section.

In 2003, Mr. Langenberg transferred to the Omaha Field Office as a supervisory special agent for the counterintelligence program. In 2008, Mr. Langenberg was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office, where he was responsible for the office’s National Security Branch.

Mr. Langenberg received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Langenberg was employed in the Revisor of Statutes Office at the Nebraska State Capitol.

Professor Jessica Shoemaker

Shoemaker to Serve as Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Legal and Resource Rights

09 Jul 2018    

Professor Jessica Shoemaker is one of five University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members to be named Fulbright scholars. She will serve as Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Legal and Resource Rights at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton, Canada.

Professor Shoemaker’s work as a legal scholar focuses on the intersection of property, law and development in Native American reservations in the United States. Her research examines the complex legal and social challenges generated by these modern land tenure systems and the difficult regulatory systems that overlay these lands and land uses. Through her Fulbright project, Professor Shoemaker will study and learn from recent indigenous land reform efforts in Canada and how they may be used to guide policy efforts in the United States and around the globe.

Professor Kristen Blankley

Blankley Publishes Arbitration Casebook

03 Jul 2018    

Carolina Academic Press has released Arbitration: Law, Policy, and Practice, by Professor Kristen M. Blankley and co-authors Maureen A. Weston, Jill I. Gross, and Stephen Huber.

Arbitration: Law, Policy, and Practice provides the ideal blend of arbitration case law, problems, and experiential exercises for students. This book is the only arbitration casebook on the market with a full arbitration case file to enable students to experience the arbitration hearing from beginning to end, whether in the role of party, lawyer, or neutral. Special chapters on all aspects of the arbitration process enable students to explore the practical side of arbitration through the lens of both arbitrator and advocate. The book also comprehensively covers legal doctrine and ethical constraints essential to understanding modern arbitration, and includes chapters on preemption, arbitrability, judicial review, complex arbitration procedures, and international arbitration. Each chapter is filled with problems to test and apply the principles covered in the book’s principal cases.

Jill O'Donnell

Jill O'Donnell Named Yeutter Institute Director

27 Jun 2018    

Jill O'Donnell will become the first director of the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on July 1.

O'Donnell brings extensive experience in the international arena, working with public- and private-sector partners to address 21st-century challenges with an interdisciplinary perspective. Most recently, she was a consultant to the NATO Communications and Information Agency. She will use that experience as she works with the faculties of the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Business and Law to create Yeutter Institute programs and curricula that address challenges in international trade and finance.

O'Donnell has lectured on trends in international trade for corporate audiences and educators, taught courses in political science and U.S. foreign policy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and examined economic and policy themes related to South Korea as a consulting researcher and author for the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of Columbus, Nebraska, O'Donnell began her international policy career in Washington, D.C., serving on the legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel. She earned her Master of Arts in international relations and international economics from Johns Hopkins University and her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

"Clayton Yeutter had a tremendous impact on international trade and finance, along with boundless confidence in the potential for Nebraska students to play leadership roles in a changing world," O'Donnell said. "I look forward to building an institute worthy of his legacy."

The institute will prepare students to understand, participate in and shape global trade and finance in an increasingly interconnected world. It will build on the strengths of the partnering colleges to offer undergraduate and graduate education, facilitate faculty research and conduct outreach efforts related to international trade and finance.

A renowned trade expert and University of Nebraska alumnus, Yeutter and his wife, Cristy, made a $2.5 million leadership gift to establish the Clayton K. Yeutter International Trade Program Fund, and the Nebraska legislature appropriated $2.5 million in 2015 to support establishing the institute. The Board of Regents formally approved the institute in December 2017, and the university and the University of Nebraska Foundation are continuing private fundraising.

To help fulfill Yeutter’s vision for the institute, Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, served as diplomat in residence in 2017. Vetter will continue to work with the institute as the chair of its advisory board. Three endowed chaired professors will serve as the core faculty for the institute: the Duane Acklie Chair in the College of Business, the Michael Yanney Chair in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Clayton Yeutter Chair in the College of Law.

Learn more about the institute.

Professor Anthony Schutz

Schutz Appointed to Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Board of Directors

19 Jun 2018    

Professor Anthony Schutz is the newest Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD) director. The Board of Directors appointed Schutz to represent Subdistrict 6 after a resignation created a vacancy in April. Schutz will represent Subdistrict 6 on the LPSNRD Board of Directors through 2018, then an elected candidate in the November 6th General Election will take the seat.

Professor Jessica Shoemaker

Shoemaker Appointed to Association of Law, Property, and Society Board

11 Jun 2018    

Professor Jessica Shoemaker was appointed and approved to serve a three-year term on the Association of Law, Property, & Society (APLS) board at its annual meeting at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. ALPS is a vibrant organization of scholars from around the world that meets annually to “encourage dialogue across and among people in many disciplines that are interested in property law, policy, and theory.” It also publishes the Journal of Law, Property, and Society. Professor Shoemaker will join scholars from the U.S., South Africa, Canada, and across Europe on the board. She also was appointed Chair of the Program Committee and will be responsible for the program at the next three annual meetings (selecting papers, setting up panels, etc.).

Professor Frans von der Dunk

Von der Dunk's article published in Uniform Law Review

05 Jun 2018    

Professor Frans von der Dunk’s recent article, Billion-dollar questions? Legal aspects of commercial space activities, was published by the Uniform Law Review. The abstract is below.

 Currently, several well-funded companies in the USA are in the process of developing long-term missions to asteroids to harvest mineral resources that are found there, including water. Other companies are getting close to flying manned missions on sub-orbital trajectories or even into low-earth orbits. Outer space, indeed, is becoming more and more a multi-billion-dollar sector. At the same time, outer space is gradually becoming a riskier environment—so-called ‘space debris’ is increasingly becoming a worry for public and private space activities alike. This raises major questions regarding the legal framework, which was developed initially in the 1960s and 1970s when commercial space activities were hardly on the horizon, yet until today remains the baseline for mitigating any negative or threatening aspects of the growing use of outer space. The present contribution aims to provide an overview of the general aspects of these questions as well as some of the current debates that are trying to move the current legal framework in the right direction.

Kimberly Barton

Barton Named Fellow in Rural Summer Legal Corps

31 May 2018    

Second-year law student Kimberly Barton 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. 

Barton 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, Barton will be hosted at Legal Aid of Nebraska, where she will focus on the organization’s REACH Project (Raising Effective Advocacy for Crime Victims Health and Safety) and is working towards increasing the number of domestic violence victims provided legal services in rural communities.

Ryan Kirshenbaum

Kirshenbaum Awarded 2018 Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award

23 May 2018    

The Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic has selected Ryan Kirshenbaum as the 2018 Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award recipient.

Kirshenbaum graduated in May with the Class of 2018. During his time at Nebraska Law, Kirshenbaum was the secretary for the Nebraska Moot Court Board and a member of the Community Legal Education Project. He spent the fall semester as a student attorney in the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic.

The Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award was established to recognize Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic students who have demonstrated exceptional legal skills, provided outstanding service to clients and furthered the mission of the Clinic. The firm was founded in 1988 with a vision of creating an environment that would foster trust and teamwork. Through the years, their guiding principles of integrity, client focus, and integrity have created the environment they envisioned years ago. Don Swanson, a partner in that firm, was instrumental in creating the endowed fund for this award.