Meet Elsbeth


In Short: executive director of the space, cyber, and telecom law program at Nebraska Law, lawyer with a background in cyber law (crime, security, policy) and recent focus into national security and space issues, research development is my jam, two wonderful humans call me mom, reader of fantasy, scifi, romance, and graphic novels, tv lover, married to a concert and event caterer who has cooked for Paul McCartney, but I was more excited about Cher (and maybe Bruno Mars), not sorry about the name drops.

Long Form: Elsbeth Magilton 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, completing courses in cybercrime and electronic discovery and working with the Center for Legal and Court Technology.

Elsbeth is the Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law programs at the University of Nebraska College of Law. There she oversees program development and strategic growth, program budgets, government and commercial collaborations, research projects and proposals, the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition team, online classroom structure and technology deployment, and serves as the main on-campus contact for LL.M., J.S.D. and J.D. students specializing in space, cyber, or telecommunications law.

Her current focus areas include commercial space law and policy, cybersecurity, and national security. Elsbeth is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska and is member of the Nebraska  Bar Association. She is a member of the National Women in Aerospace organization and hosts the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on Women in STEM, Cybersecurity, and National Security, annually. Elsbeth is the law college’s principal investigator for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center – the only such center in the Depart of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships.

In September 2018 Elsbeth and the program’s founding faculty member and Co-Director Matt Schaefer received a $250,000 NASA Space Law pilot-program grant to create a nationwide network of students, faculty, and practitioners interested in space law and policy.

In her free time Elsbeth enjoys being a mother of two children, two cats, and two guinea pigs (who technically belong to one of the children), reading, renovating her 1920’s Craftsman style home, performing poorly executed yoga, laughing at herself, and indulging in being an all-around internet junkie. She is married to a concert and event caterer who has fed musicians and athletes around the state and beyond.

If you or your group is seeking a speaker on space, cyber, or telecommunications law, Women in STEM, international student development (or any related topic) you can learn more about my speaking history and press recognition on the on my CV.

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