Elsbeth Magilton is the Executive Director for Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives for the University of Nebraska College of Law where she oversees the development, growth, and operations of the new Nebraska Governance and Technology Center and the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program, established in 2008. Her current focus areas include space law and policy, cybersecurity, and national security. Elsbeth is the law college’s principal researcher for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center – the only such center in the Department of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships.
She has been quoted in The Atlantic, The Verge, Space.com, a host of regional publications, and was a booked speaker at SXSW in March 2020. Elsbeth guest lectures and speaks internationally on military-academic partnerships, space law and security, women in technology, and technology related issues. In September 2018 Elsbeth and Matt Schaefer received a major NASA Space Law pilot-program grant to create a nationwide network of students, faculty, and practitioners interested in space law and policy.
Elsbeth is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska and is member of the Nebraska Bar Association and the American Bar Association, including the ABA Air and Space Section. Elsbeth is a member of the American Society of International Law and serves at the Co-Chair for the Space Law Interest Group. She is part of the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on women in STEM, space, and national security. She is a member of the Legal Expert Pool for the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. Magilton sits on the editorial board for the U.S. Air Force Academy Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies Journal. Locally, Elsbeth is a member of the Girls Code Lincoln nonprofit board.
Elsbeth received her B.A., cum laude, from Doane University in 2008. After starting her career in web development, Elsbeth shifted into technology policy during law school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and received a concentration in Cyberlaw. During law school Elsbeth also attended the William and Mary College of Law, working with the Center for Legal and Court Technology.
Elsbeth started working part time towards her PhD in Political Science at the University of Nebraska in 2019 – with the goal of finishing before her oldest finishes high school in 2030.
Personally, Elsbeth enjoys being a mother of two, reading, and renovating her 1920’s Craftsman style home. She is married to a concert and event chef who has fed musicians and athletes around the country.
If you or your group is seeking a speaker on space, cyber, or telecommunications law, Women in STEM, or any related topic you can learn more about my speaking history on my CV.
Please contact me through the University of Nebraska College of Law.