Nebraska Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program Holds 15th Annual Space Law Conference

19 Oct 2022    

The panelists for the commercial panel speak on a variety of industry hot topics

Nebraska Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program held the 15th Annual Space Law Conference on October 14th. After two years of a virtual format, this year marked the return of the in-person conference in Washington D.C. Over 70 attendees heard from speakers and panelists discussing a variety of current issues facing the space law industry at the Army and Navy Club in downtown Washington D.C.

The conference featured a joint keynote from Nebraska adjunct faculty and industry professionals, Franceska Schroeder and Dennis Burnett. Also featured were two panels: one discussing the military and national security implications posed by proximity operations in outer space, and one discussing international and domestic regulations and its effect on commercial space activities.

Keynote Speakers and Panelists:

  • Space Regulation and Risk Management 
    • Franceska Schroeder, Founder and Managing Member, Schroeder Law PLLC
    • Dennis Burnett, General Counsel at Hawkeye 360 
  • Unfriendly Rendezvous and Proximity Operations: How Close is Too Close? 
    • Moderated by Program Director and Professor Jack Beard, University of Nebraska College of Law
    • Dr. Brian Weeden, Director of Planning, Secure World Foundation 
    • Lt. Col. Susan Trepczynski, USAF, Operations and International Law Directorate, HQ Dept. of the Air Force 
    • Col. Matthew King, USAF, Joint Legal Staff 
    • Lt. Col. Seth Dilworth, USAF, Deputy Chief of Space Law, Operations and International Law Directorate, HQ Dept. of the Air Force 
  • Risk Management, Prescriptive v. Performative Regulation, and Other Industry Hot Topics 
    • Moderated by Professor Matt Schaefer, University of Nebraska College of Law 
    • Frans von der Dunk, Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni & Othmer Professor of Space Law, University of Nebraska College of Law 
    • Margaret Vernal, Associate General Counsel, Corporate and Securities, Voyager Space 
    • Caryn Schenewerk, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Relativity Space 
    • Kristen Price, Legal Director, Blue Origin 

Following the conference, professionals and students met at The Exchange Saloon for a networking hour to foster industry connections and friendships.

Nebraska’s Annual Space Law Conference was sponsored by the American Society of International Law Space Law Interest Group, The American Branch of the International Law Association, and is in collaboration with the ABA Committee on Air and Space Law. The program also thanks Col. Marc Warren, for being our site sponsor for the Army and Navy Club. 

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