Space, Cyber and National Security Law Leaders and Faculty

Leaders and Faculty

Jack Beard portrait

Jack Beard

Program Director and Professor

Matthew Schaefer portrait

Matthew Schaefer

Professor and Founding (Former) Director 

Frans von der Dunk portrait

Frans von der Dunk


Elsbeth Magilton portrait

Elsbeth Magilton

Executive Director and Professor

Lauren Bydalek portrait

Lauren Bydalek

Associate Director

Kyle Langvardt portrait

Kyle Langvardt


Justin Firestone portrait

Justin Firestone


Christal Sheppard portrait

Christal Sheppard


Elana Zeide portrait

Elana Zeide


Adjunct Faculty

The Space, Cyber, and National Security Law Program also draws on the expertise of industry professionals, including the adjunct faculty listed below. 

  • Dennis Burnett, Retired Vice-President, Trade and Export Controls, EADS North America
  • Fred Campbell, Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute & Former Wireless Bureau Chief, FCC
  • Lt. Col. Seth Dillworth, Deputy Chief Space Law Division & Space Law Attorney, office of the Judge Advocate General, USAF
  • Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Senior Advisor, Regulatory & Space Policy, OneWeb
  • Franceska Schroeder, Schroeder Law, PLLC
  • Christian Ohanian, MasterCard, Vice President, Senior Managing Counsel Privacy & Data Protection

Our Advisory Board

On March 1, 2010, the University of Nebraska College of Law established an official advisory board for its space, cyber and national security law activities. The board gives advice to the Law College and the university on how to further strengthen the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program, including student recruitment, professional development for graduates and outreach to government/commercial entities for educational opportunities.

  • Dennis Burnett (Chair) Retired Vice-President, Trade and Export Controls, EADS North America
  • Tim Hughes, Vice-President & Chief Counsel, SpaceX
  • Franceska Schroeder, Schroeder Law, PLLC
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow at Brookings's Governance Studies Program's Center for Technology Innovation
  • Eric Carstenson, (Retired) President, Nebraska Telecommunications Association
  • Fred Campbell, Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute & Former Wireless Bureau Chief, FCC
  • Bill Ojile, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale (Denver)
  • Steve Avila, Former Senior Legal Counsel, The Spaceship Company (A Virgin Galactic Affiliate)
  • Peter Marquez, Head of Space Policy at Amazon Web ServicesMore on Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law