Air & Space Law Symposium

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The San Diego-based Air Law Institute presents the inaugural Air & Law Symposium, to be held at California Western School of Law and San Diego Air & Space Museum on March 14, 2014, and concluding with a relaxed Golf Tournament at Salt Creek Golf Club on March 15.

The Symposium will feature top speakers and panelists from the aerospace industry and legal community, and topics will examine past, present, and future regulatory structure, integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, and the commercialization of space in the 21st century. The evening keynote speaker is Linden S. Blue, vice chairman of General Atomics.The relaxed Golf Tournament on March 15 will feature breakfast, lunch, and an informal town hall meeting with Congressman Scott Peters (D-52).

Major sponsors of the inaugural ALI Air & Space Law Symposium include Airbus, Northrop Grumman, California Western School of Law, Foley Lardner LLP, Morrison & Foerster, and San Diego Wind Tunnel.

Inaugural Air & Space Law Symposium

and Golf Tournament, March 14–15, 2014



Friday, March 14, Afternoon: California Western School of Law

12–1 pm           Registration and Refreshments

Lobby/Roy Bell Reading Room

1 pm                Opening Remarks

                        Master of Ceremonies: Reo Carr, Executive Editor, San Diego 

Business Journal

Chris Niemann, President, Board of Directors, Air Law Institute

Niels Schaumann, Dean, California Western School of Law

James M. Zortman, Sector Vice President, Global Logistics &

Operational Support, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems



1:30–2:45 pm The Aeroregulatory Bramble Bush: Where We’ve Been & Where 

We’re Going

Moderator: Prof. William C. Lynch, California Western School of 


David Cain, Co-founder, Air Law Institute

Mick Jaggers, Global Hawk Program Manager, Northrop Grumman 


Bill Janicki, Attorney, Morrison & Foerster

Charles Leocha, Chairman, Travelers United



2:45 pm          Networking Break

Roy Bell Reading Room


3:00–4:15 pm Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace 


Moderator: Prof. Glenn Smith, California Western School of Law

David Y. Bannard, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP (Boston)

Doug Davis, Director of Airworthiness, Northrop Grumman 


Ben Gielow, General Counsel and Senior Government Relations

Manager, Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems 


Steve Morrow, Chief Executive Officer and President, Insitu Inc., 

A Boeing Company

Steven Pennington, Director of Bases, Ranges & Airspace,

Department of Defense Policy Board of Federal Aviation, 

United States Air Force



4:15 pm           Networking Break


4:30-5:30 pm Commercial Space in the 21st Century: Issues & Actors

Moderator: Joanne Gabrynowicz, Professor Emerita, Editor-in-Chief,

Journal of Space Law

Keven K. Lippert, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary,


Pablo A. Nichols, Attorney, Morrison & Foerster



Friday, March 14, Evening: San Diego Air & Space Museum

6–7:30 pm      Cocktail Reception & Station Dinner



7:30–8:30 pm Seated Dessert & Awards Ceremony

Master of Ceremonies: Dennis Morgigno, Director of 

Communications, Cox California

Chris Niemann, President, Board of Directors, Air Law Institute

Jim Kidrick, President and CEO, San Diego Air & Space Museum


Keynote: Linden S. Blue, Vice Chairman, General Atomics

Pavilion of Flight


Awards Presentation

• Inspiration High School Scholarships (Air & Space)

• 2013 Inspiration Awards (Air Law, Space Law, Engineering,

Arts & Letters, Business)


Inaugural Air Law Institute Golf Tournament


Saturday, March 15: Salt Creek Golf Club


6:30 am          Breakfast available


7:45 am          Opening ceremony


8 am               Shotgun start            of scramble tournament play


12:30 pm         Lunch and Town Hall meeting with Congressman Scott Peters


1 pm                Awards & prize drawing


The cost to participate in the Symposium events ranges from $75 to $250, depending on the package. Participation in the Golf Tournament, including lunch, is $95. Law students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Symposium alone for free. Limited spots available.


The content of the symposium will meet the standard required to provide Continuing Legal Education credit for practicing attorneys. In addition to sponsoring the annual Air and Space Law Symposium, ALI plans to publish reports and opinions on matters related to air and space law, publish a journal, and continue providing scholarships and academic awards at all educational levels.



About the Air Law Institute

The Air Law Institute (ALI) was formed to advance the study of air and space at the intersection of business, law, and engineering. ALI does this by partnering with centers of excellence in all three focus areas at the primary, secondary, and university levels to promote and fund educational opportunities for students. ALI also provides a forum for discussion by industry leaders on the issues facing the future of Air and Space Law. The goal is to promote and provide a farm system of trained professionals ready to take on the very near and real changes expected in the next ten to twenty years while allowing current practicing experts to shape the direction the future will take.


The Air Law Institute was founded in the spirit of the original Air Law Institute, affiliated with the Northwestern University Law School, founded in 1929 to foster the development of American air law and provide information about air law worldwide.


ALI is a pending 501.c.3 California Public Benefit Corporation.


For registration, sponsorship, and more information, please visit



Air Law Institute

136 Redwood Street

San Diego, CA 92103

Tel: 619.692.3136

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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