Spotlight on Giugi Carminati
Maria-Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati , Class of 2013, First Online Graduate, Berg & Androphy.
Maria-Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati is a trial attorney in Houston, Texas. She practices commercial litigation, qui tam litigation, and white collar criminal defense at the trial boutique Berg & Androphy. Her practice focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional cases ranging from mortgage fraud to allegations of conversion to pharmaceutical company's off-label marketing, and everything in between. Giugi is also co-owner and co-manager of ADE Aerospace Consulting, LLC, a human physiologic consulting company for extreme environments, including high altitude jumps and suborbital flights. Prior to joining Berg & Androphy, Giugi practiced Complex Commercial Litigation and (briefly) International Arbitration in the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges from 2008 to 2013.
Giugi has published numerous articles on commercial space, including a recurring column for Space Safety Magazine called "Cross-Talk: Space Law in Down-To-Earth English." In 2012, Giugi co-authored The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers published by the ABA, which became a best-seller and is currently used as a space law textbook in several law schools around the country. In May 2013, Giugi was the first graduate of the University of Nebraska's online LLM program when she obtained her LLM in Space, Cyber & Telecommunications law. Her LLM thesis analyzed the Space Activities Statutes in the six states which, at the time, had passed such legislation and discussed whether and how such statutes would be enforced by the various courts. Giugi is currently working on her Space Law JSD at the University of Nebraska Law School. Her doctoral dissertation analyzes management of liability exposure for commercial human spaceflight companies.
Giugi has taught Pre-Trial Litigation at the University of Houston Law Center and will teach Law and the Commercial Space Industry in Fall 2014. She is also Vice Chair of the ABA’s Science & Technology Section Space Law Committee. Giugi also regularly lecture on topics relating to space law, including delivering an annual lecture at UTMB's Aerospace Medicine Short Course where she provides aerospace medicine students and residents an overview of space laws and regulations.
She will become Chair at the ABA Annual in August 2014. She is also an IISL Observer to UNCOPUOS, for which she attends UNCOPUOS’s Legal Subcommittee meetings in Vienna in the Spring. In addition, Giugi is Associate Regional Organizer for the IISL's Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, North American Regional Rounds, which takes place at Georgetown Law School in March-April of every year. Finally, in 2012, Giugi published her first science fiction novel, Sparcus: Broken Worlds.
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January 2013 Spotlight: Major Erik Mudrinich, Class of 2011, Chief, Operations & Space Law, JFCC SPACE
Major Erik Mudrinich received his Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and International Relations from Saint Olaf College in 1996. He attended Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where he received his Juris Doctor in May of 1999. Major Mudrinich also studied at the University of Oslo, Norway, completing his concentration in International Law. Major Mudrinich is the Chief of Space and International Law for Headquarters Fourteenth Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. In this capacity he is responsible for advising the dual-hatted 14 AF/CC (AFSPC) & Commander JFCC SPACE (USSTRATCOM), staffs, and the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg on a wide variety of legal specialties including space operations, military operations, international law, and national security law. Major Mudrinich participates in planning for and execution of global and theater military space operations and exercises, and coordinates with the supported geographic combatant commanders' staffs. As a member of the LL.M. class of 2011, Erik prepared a thesis dealing with cyber-warfare, specifically delineating what the cyber domain is and how this domain impacts military operations and national security at a technical level. It was published in Vol 68 of the AF Law Review 2012, titled "Cyber 3.0: The Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace and the Attribution Problem."
February 2013 Spotlight: Jeff Nosanov, Class of 2008, 2012 NIAC Fellow at NASA, Visiting Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology, UCLA
Jeff Nosanov grew up in Los Angeles, California. At 5 years old, he went to the Griffith Observatory with his parents and knew at that moment he was going to spend his life as part of the space exploration effort. After attending the University of California-Irvine and receiving his degree in Environmental Analysis and Design, Jeff enrolled in New York Law School as a result of his interest in the legal and policy component of space exploration. The University of Nebraska created its Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program just in time for Jeff to come to Nebraska Law straight from NYLS in 2008. He was the program’s first graduate. While a student, Jeff found that his thesis was career determining. Focusing his research on export control law resulted in a job in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA in Pasadena, California. He then moved to the Radioisotope Power Systems Program office at JPL. (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/rps/home.cfm), where he works on research proposals, writes on space policy affecting power sources for NASA missions, and helps bridge the gap between legal and technical issues when it arises. In August of 2012 Jeff was named as a NIAC (NASA Innovative and Advanced Concepts) Fellow at NASA. He continues his research at UCLA and The California Institute of Technology into novel space mission financing arrangements. He currently manages an engineering project (http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/stp/niac/2012_phase_I_fellows_nosanov.html) and is in the process of proposing several more.In May of 2012 his family grew by one with the birth of his son Nathan and he and his wife began another adventure - parenting.
March 2013 Spotlight, Cap. Jenifer Lamie, Class of 2012, U.S. Army JAG
Jenifer Lamie grew up in Cheshire, CT. For undergrad, she attended the University of Hartford where she completed her B.A. in psychology and philosophy summa cum laude, with university honors. After, she worked as a children's art teacher until she took a job for a multinational Japanese corporation teaching English in Fukuoka, Japan. She then received a Masters of International Studies with distinction from Otago University in New Zealand and a J.D. cum laude from Vermont Law School before beginning her studies at Nebraska Law. While at UNL, she interned with USSTRATCOM working on cyber issues, competed in the Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition where her team won Best Brief, and completed a thesis on U.S. State Space Launch Legislation: Preemption, Immunity, and International Harmonization. After graduation Lamie co-authored the leading text book on space law, The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers, with Matthew J. Kleiman and 2013 LL.M. student Maria-Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati. She is currently an serving in the Army as a Judge Advocate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and continues to write on space law issues in her free time.
April 2013 Spotlight: Jessica Tok, Class of 2009, Strategic Communications Analyst (Space) in the Communication Synchronization branch of the Campaign Plan Division, Plans and Policy Directorate for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt AFB, NE.
Jessica Tok is a civilian Strategic Communications Analyst (Space) in the Communication Synchronization branch of the Campaign Plan Division, Plans and Policy Directorate for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt AFB, NE. Prior to joining USSTRATCOM, Ms. Tok obtained a law degree (J.D.) and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) specializing in Space and Telecommunications Law, and worked for multiple state and federal organizations, including the University of Nebraska – College of Law, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. District Court of Nebraska. Ms. Tok also worked closely with top-level diplomats and scientists, serving previously as the Secretariat to the Association of Space Explorers’ standing committee on Near Earth Objects, and as the editor of their 2009 policy document, “Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response.” In 2010-2011, she was a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. She is admitted to practice law in Nebraska and currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jessica resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband, Mr. Matthew Carper.
May 2013 Spotlight: Luke Pelican, class of 2011, is an Associate at the Ammori Group, a public policy-focused law firm in Washington, D.C.
Luke Pelican is an Associate at the Ammori Group, a public policy-focused law firm in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the Ammori Group, Mr. Pelican obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 2010, where he served as an Executive Articles Editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law. He subsequently earned his LL.M. degree in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where his thesis advisor was Marvin Ammori. While at Nebraska, Mr. Pelican was a member of the school's Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team. The team won the Best Memorial award for the North American Competition, a first for the school. Mr. Pelican was a Google Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2011.
Mr. Pelican’s writing has appeared in the Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Daily Caller, CNET, and Politico. His LL.M. thesis on the treatment of cyber espionage was published in the Spring 2012 volume of Catholic University Law School’s CommLaw Conspectus.
June and July Summer 2013 Spotlight: Sarah Morris, class of 2010, Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation
Sarah J. Morris is a true Nebraska native – born and raised in Omaha, she migrated to Lincoln in 2002 for her undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Graduating with a B.A. in English and political science in 2006, she continued her education there, receiving her J.D. from the College of Law in 2009. As an undergraduate, Morris developed an interest in law and public policy through her involvement as a senator and committee chairwoman for the University’s student government, as a legislative page with the Nebraska State Unicameral, and as an intern in the D.C. office of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson. As a policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation, Morris assists in the research and development of policy proposals related to open technologies, broadband access, and emerging technological issues.While at the law school, Morris clerked at the Omaha, Nebraska, law firm Lamson, Dugan and Murray doing general litigation work and spent her semesters researching telecommunications law for Professor Marvin Ammori.
Morris culminated her legal education in the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law LL.M. program. As part of the LL.M. program, Morris completed her thesis on privacy and security concerns related to Smart Grid technology. After graduation Morris served as a Google Policy Fellow with the Media Access Project, where she assisted with research and drafting of FCC comments on issues including media ownership, the open Internet and retransmission consent.
August 2013 Spotlight: Stephen Rooke, Class of 2012, Associate, McKinsey & Co.
Stephen Rooke grew up in neighboring Colorado and was always enthusiastic about space. He presented on quasars for his fifth grade science project, which included running through the halls of his elementary school with an alarm clock to illustrate red shift. Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Policy Studies from Rice University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.While at Michigan, Stephen served as the Managing Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and interned in Intelsat's international trade compliance and regulatory departments. He also wrote a blog article on the potential for National Trademark DNS servers for the Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review.
Stephen was a member of the 2012 LL.M. class. During his stay in Nebraska, Stephen helped promote space law by lecturing on the subject to Lincoln's Prairie Astronomy Club and was an avid bowler. Stephen's LL.M. thesis focused on the intersection of international satellite telecommunications law and the right to health care. He explored the capacity of satellites to bridge the urban-rural health care divide in developing countries and the conflict between national obligations to provide access to health care and state sovereignty over wireless communication technology. His thesis was published as a student note in volume 34 of the Michigan Journal of International Law. After graduation, Stephen joined McKinsey & Company's office in Stamford, CT. As a consultant, he has advised corporations, nonprofits, IGOs, and governments on a variety of topics including health care, telecommunications, oil and gas, media and advertising, and finance.
September 2013 Spotlight: Artiom Anisimov,Class of 2010, NewSpace Advocate, Dauria Aerospace
Artiom (Art) Anisimov, native of the Republic of Belarus, received his Bachelor of Laws degree in International Law from European Humanities University (EHU www.ehu.lt/en/), Vilnius, Lithuania (EU) as a member of the first class to graduate after a forced relocation of the University to Lithuania. While at EHU Art was involved with Student Government, became the first student to be elected to the Senate, and as a university team member for the 2009 Phillip Jessup Moot Court Completion, advanced to octafinals at the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds in Washington, D.C.
While working towards his LL.M. degree in Space and Telecommunications Law, Art assisted UNL Space Law Professor Frans von der Dunk with a research project titled “The Legal Aspects of NEO Threat Response and Related Institution Issues,” sponsored by the Secure World Foundation. Art also volunteered as the National Point of Contact in Belarus for the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC www.SpaceGeneration.org), a non-governmental organization that represents students and young space professionals to the United Nations, Governments, and national space agencies. Art graduated in 2010.
Art has since served as an Executive Assistant at the Space Frontier Foundation (www.SpaceFrontier.org), legal intern at NewSpace Global (www.NewSpaceGlobal.com) and is currently finishing his two year term serving as SGAC’s Representative to the UN ECOSOC.
Art has recently joined Dauria Aerospace (www.Dauria.ru), a private international space company with offices in the US, Germany and Russia, where he serves as a Personal Assistant to the CEO in the US and ensures compliance of the company’s activities with the International and the US National Space Laws and Regulations.
Art frequently attends various space(law) conferences and events and recently served as a Master Moderator during the 29th National Space Symposium (www.SpaceSymposium.org) in Colorado Springs, CO. Art also runs a public page dedicated to NewSpace industry news and events on Russian social media platform: vk.com/spaceimmigrant. Feel free to connect with Art on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/artiomanisimov/
Fall 2013 Spotlight: Major Keira Poellet, Class of 2010, United States Air Force Officer, Judge Advocate General Corps
Major Keira Poellet is currently the Chief of the Operations Training Division at the Pentagon where she advises The Judge Advocate General, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and senior leaders on legal matters pertaining to operations training, plans and policy. After graduating from the LL.M. program, Keira was an Operational Law Attorney at United States Cyber Command at Fort Meade in Maryland. She advised on the global mission for the Department of Defense network operations, was the legal advisor to an operational planning team in support of full spectrum cyber operations, coordinated and advocated for the Department of Defense’s cyber strategy and policies with DoJ, DoS, and CIA, as well as key nations, and instructed operators, policy-makers, and other operational attorneys on cyber law.
Major Poellet coauthored an article with Colonel Gary Brown (UNL J.D. Class of 1987), The Customary International Law of Cyberspace, Strategic Studies Quarterly (Fall 2012). While a candidate in the LL.M. program, Keira focused her research on network neutrality and published an article with her thesis advisor, Professor Marvin Ammori, “Security versus Freedom” on the Internet: Cybersecurity and Net Neutrality, SAIS Review (Summer – Fall 2010).
Major Poellet has served her country in other JAG Corps positions, including deploying as a Staff Judge Advocate in the Middle East; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Lajes Field in Portugal; and Chief of Military Justice and of Civil Law at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. Prior to joining the JAG Corps, Keira was an acquisitions officer in the Strategic and Nuclear Deterrence Command and Control System Program Office at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado where she was a project manager on emerging satellite command and control programs for U.S. and Air Force Space Command. Keira graduated, cum laude, from Whittier College School of Law, Costa Mesa, California in May 2005, where she was a published member of the Law Review, an extern for the Honorable David G. Sills, a fellow in the Intellectual Property Law program, and received the Outstanding Student in IP Law Award. Keira graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Mathematics and is a native of Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Dennis Burnett, Retired Vice President of Trade and Export Controls, EADS North America Library Reading Room
Fred Campbell, former Wireless Bureau Chief, FCC and current President, Wireless Communications Association
June Edwards, former Assoc. General Counsel, NASA
Darren Huskisson, former Chief of Cyber and Space Law, USSTRATCOM
Larry Rissler, former Vice-President, DirecTV (Deceased)
Bill Ojile, former Vice-President and General Counsel, Valor Communications
Jeff Nosanov, 2012 NIAC Fellow at NASA, Visiting Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology, UCLA
Vicki Belleau, JAG at USAF
Giugi Carminati (first online graduate), co-author of The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers
Sarah Morris, policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation
Jessica Tok, Space Policy Analyst at United States Strategic Command
Ashely Broin, Space Policy Analyst at United States Strategic Command
Julie Jiru, Contracts Officer and Attorney at SpaceX
Jon Vince, Director & Treasurer, Society of Satellite Professionals International - Rocky Mountain Chapter
Artiom Anisimov, Space Generation Advisory Council Representative to the UN ECOSOC
Erik Mudrinich, Chief, Operations & Space Law, JFCC SPACE
Luke Pelican, Google Policy Fellow, Associate at The Ammori Group
Jenifer Lamie, 1LT Judge Advocate, JAG Corps, previously Summer Law Clerk at the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division, and co-author of The Laws of Spaceflight: A Guidebook for New Space Lawyers
Zach Augustine, Judge Advocate, United States Air Force Cyber Command
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