June 07, 2018

2018 ABA Space Law Symposium

2018 ABA Space Law Symposium

June 7, 2018

Non-Traditional On-orbit Space Activities and Authorizations

This panel addresses the activities being planned for open space and the surfaces and subsurfaces of celestial bodies. They will occur in places for which there is little or no existing authority to operate. Panelists will discuss what authority has to be established to carry out these plans. Issues and some specific activities will be examined from a national and an international law perspective.


Joanne Gabrynowicz, Emerita, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS


Kenneth Hodgkins, Director of the Office of Space & Advanced Technology, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

Dr. Diane Howard, Assistant Professor of Commercial Space Operations, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL

Oonagh Sands, Fietta LLP, London, UK

National Space Council and NSC Users Advisory Group (UAG)

Defunct since 1993, the National Space Council has been revived by the Trump administration. The NSC is, in turn, advised by key government and industry leaders who serve on the NSC Users Advisory Group. During this panel discussion, Prof. Mark J. Sundahl will moderate a conversation about the purpose, makeup, and latest activities of these advisory bodies to the President, and the potential guidance and leadership it may have on U.S. space law and policy. Attorneys with clients in the commercial and national security space sector will gain insights into how these bodies will shape national space strategies that may impact their clients.


Mark Sundahl, Professor of Law and Director of the Global Space Law Center, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH


Jason Y. Kim, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

Laura Montgomery, Proprietor, Ground Based Matters, LLC, Potomac, MD

James Muncy, Principal, PoliSpace, Washington DC

Gabriel Swiney, Attorney Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

Public Private Partnerships: Opening Doors to Cooperation and Development in Space

Public-Private Partnerships (“PPPs”) are transforming the way the U.S Government interacts with industry. This panel brings together Government officials and industry leaders who are on the cutting edge of PPP development to discuss the advantages, pitfalls, and impact of these innovative agreements. Practitioners will gain a better understanding.


Michael Gold, Vice President of Washington DC Operations, Maxar Technologies, Washington, DC


Sirisha Bandla, Business Development & Government Affairs Manager, Virgin Orbit, Washington, DC 

Bill Beckman, Director NASA Programs, Boeing, Washington, DC Operations, Washington, DC

Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC

Dr. Gordon Roesler, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Washington, DC

John Roth, Vice President Space Systems Business Development, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Sparks, Nevada

Law, Finance, and Commercial Space: The Changing Landscape of the Commercial Space Industry

This multidisciplinary panel of experts discusses how New Space is changing the legal framework to encourage and sustain the growth of new industries, in the US and internationally. Practitioners will gain a better understanding of developments in capital finance and investment banking, M&A trends, and the insurance markets. 


Michael Mendelson, Wissing Miller, Washington, DC


Ken Davidian, Program Manager, FAA’s Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, Washington, DC

Hoyt Davidson, Near Earth LLC, Stamford, CT

Alexis Sainz, Milbank, Washington, DC

Robert D. Scheige, Assistant Vice President, Willis Inspace, New York, NY

Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association, Washington, DC

Exploration and the Moon: Law and Policy Impacts on Future Activities

This panel examines past, present, and envisioned usages of the Moon, and cis-lunar space, by both government and industry participants. Of late, the Moon has been the focus political commentary and legal activity, both in the office of the president, and in Congress. In particular, the concepts associated with the continued exploration of the Moon by both governmental and private entities will be examined, along with the impact of Presidential Space Policy Directive-1 on NASA’s future activities on and near the Moon, including the possibility of utilizing cis-lunar space as a staging area, or gateway, for future deep space human exploration of the solar system. Domestic and international laws affecting the presence of research stations on the surface of the Moon may also be examined. Issues for Space Practitioners will center on the role of the government in supervising national and private activities on and near the Moon, the extent to which current law effectuates these activities, the scope and scale of potential regulatory mechanisms, and the impact international cooperation may have on the successful development of the Moon and beyond.


Michael Dodge, Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of Space Studies, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND


Andrea Harrington, Associate Director of Air and Space Law Program, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS

Chris Johnson, Advisor, Secure World Foundation, Washington, DC

Jillianne Pierce, Federal Government Relations Manager, Space Florida, Washington, DC

Ben Roberts, VP of Government Affairs, Moon Express, Washington, DC