Elsbeth Magilton

Elsbeth Magilton is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center (NGTC) and the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program at the University of Nebraska. She is also the executive producer and occasional guest host of the podcast Tech Refactored and the host of The Girls Code Lincoln Podcast.

She has been quoted in The Atlantic, The Verge,, a host of regional publications, and appeared at SXSW in March 2021. Elsbeth lectures and speaks internationally on military-academic partnerships, space law and security, and women in technology. Elsbeth is the law college’s principal researcher for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI), and is a NSRI Research Fellow.

Elsbeth is a member of the American Society of International Law and served at the Co-Chair (2020-2021) for the Space Law Interest Group. She is part of the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on space law and works with U.S. consulates around the world. 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. 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 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.

Locally, Elsbeth is the President of the Girls Code Lincoln nonprofit board and is a Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader. Personally, Elsbeth enjoys being a mother of two, reading, and hanging out with her chickens. 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 Elsbeth through the University of Nebraska College of Law.