Operating in Space: Current Issues in Military and Commercial Uses of Space

Operating in Space: Current Issues in Military and Commercial Uses of Space

Nebraska Law's Annual Space Law Fall Conference is October 14, 2022 in Washington D.C.

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The Nebraska Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program is thrilled to be returning to Washington D.C. for our 15th Annual Fall Conference. Our faculty, leadership, and students look forward to working in D.C. and visiting alumni and colleagues across the space law community. The conference will be held on Friday, October 14th. This year the conference is again offered to the space law community and students at no cost. 


The conference will be held at The Army and Navy Club at Farragut Square. The Army and Navy Club has been a prestigious home away from home for the most illustrious names in America's military and political history. The Army and Navy Club is a private, members-only institution and Nebraska Law thanks our site sponsor, Col. Marc Warren (Chair, ABA Air and Space Committee) for his help in coordinating this beautiful location.

901 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20006, (202) 628-8400

Learn More About Our Location

Our agenda is still being finalized. The schedule below is provided for planning purposes, and speaker names and titles will be updated soon.

12:30 Check In Opens

1:00 Welcome 

1:00-1:30 Opening Remarks

1:30-1:45 Break

1:45- 3:00 Military Focus: Unfriendly Rendezvous and Proximity Operations: How Close is Too Close?
Moderated by Professor Jack Beard, Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Program

  • Dr. Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation
  • Lt. Col. Susan Trepczynski, US Air Force, Operations and International Law Directorate, Headquarters Department of the Air Force
  • Col. Matthew King, US Air Force, Joint Legal Staff
  • Lt. Col. Seth Dilworth, US Air Force, Deputy Chief of Space Law, Operations and International Law Directorate, Headquarters Department of the Air Force

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:30 Commercial Focus: Risk Management, Prescriptive vs. Performative Regulation, and Other Industry Hot Topics, Moderated by Professor Matthew Schaefer, Clayton Yeutter Chair 

  • Frans von der Dunk, Perlman Alumni & Othermer Professor of Space Law, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Meg Vernal, Voyager Space (confirmed)
  • Franceska Schroeder, Schroeder Law PLLC (confirmed)
  • Caryn Schenewerk, Relativity Space (tentative)
  • Kristen Price, Blue Origin (confirmed)
  • Allie Crutchfield, SpaceX (invited)

Following the conference we invite attendees and professionals across the area to join the program for a networking evening and cash bar at The Exchange Saloon at 1719 G Street NW, Washington DC. 

More Details


The Club is easily accessible by the metro system and within easy walking distance from the Farragut North (red line) or West (orange, blue, silver lines) stations.

Parking and driving information is also available at www.armynavyclub.org.

Continuing Legal Education

This event is currently being submitted for at least 3 credit hours of Nebraska Continuing Legal Education hours. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance at the conference with some instructions for submitting the event in other jurisdictions. Whether you're licensed in Nebraska or elsewhere, if you plan to submit this event to receive credit please be sure to provide your Bar Number and State when registering.


If you have questions or concerns about the conference please contact the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program's Associate Director Lauren Bydalek lbydalek2@unl.edu.

Thank you!

This event is co-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 conference also thanks Col. Marc Warren for being our site sponsor.


Nebraska Law is pleased to provide coffee, tea, water, and light refreshments throughout the event.

Please note, lunch will not be served at this free event. The following networking event will have a cash bar.

In-Person Event

Due to the constraints of the venue and the agenda we’re unable to live stream or record this event, however we recognize the enhanced accessibility of online events and plan to host webinars later in the semester to make space law content more broadly available.

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