NSS Space Forum April 7 with NSS President Michelle Hanlon and Panel of NSS Legal Fellows

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You are Invited to the next NSS Space Forum Thursday, April 7, 202, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT

“Navigating an Increasingly Crowded Space: New and Innovative Views on Preventing Conflict and Enhancing Accountability”

With Special Guest Michelle Hanlon, NSS President, and a Panel of NSS Legal Fellows

Register here for the Space Forum.

Michelle Hanlon

Legal Fellows panel

Small satellite constellations, tourist flights, private space stations, multiple missions to the Moon – we are truly seeing and living the result of decades of hard work and advocacy by the National Space Society. But with this success comes responsibility. Our orbit is starting to get crowded, and the Moon is not far behind. Should we be worried about accountability? NSS President Michelle Hanlon will host a panel of young professionals who share their thoughts through the lens of their research on legal and policy aspects of a variety of space activities.

Panelists include: Adam Brodkin who is leading a new NSS project to build a coalition to advocate for orbital debris remediation; Bailey Cunningham, Chair of the NSS President’s Advisory Council who is writing a Master of Law thesis on protecting cultural heritage in outer space; Kevin Dillon who helped author the NSS presentation on legal frameworks to support space solar power which was delivered to the United Nations last week; and Quinn McKemey who has conducted extensive research on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. Join us for this informative panel session that demonstrates space exploration and settlement involves far more than engineering and technology.

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Adam Brodkin is a third-year law student at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. He grew up in New Jersey with his younger brother and Russian immigrant parents. At Lehigh University, Adam received a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Earth & Environmental Science. He then spent a year living in Israel-Palestine as a Yahel Social Change Fellow. While in law school, Adam interned at a federal agency’s personnel law group and at two small firms specializing in personal injury law and medical malpractice. His dream is to become a space lawyer working in rocket launch operations.

Bailey Cunningham is pursuing an LL.M. in Air & Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Bailey received her Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law in 2021. Prior to law school, Bailey attended the University of South Florida, where she majored in Political Science and minored in both Astronomy and Intelligence Studies. Bailey is a Senior Editor of the Journal of Space Law at the University of Mississippi and a former Legal Intern for the International Law Practice Group at NASA Headquarters. Bailey previously served as the Vice-Chair of the NSS International Committee and is currently the Chair of the NSS President’s Legal Advisory Council. Additionally, Bailey volunteers with For All Moonkind and serves as the Space Law Project Manager.

Kevin Dillon is a Model Based Systems Engineer at Boeing where he blends passion and professional experience in designing, testing and analyzing flight control systems and subsystems for commercial and military aircraft platforms with system requirements development, system integration, real-time simulation and system verification and validation.  He is skilled in system architecture design, requirement development, system integration and simulation to produce high quality software and hardware.  In addition to earning a BS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2013, Kevin earned a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2015, and his JD from the Saint Louis University School of Law in August 2021.

Quinn McKemey is enrolled in the University of Mississippi’s Graduate Certificate program in Air & Space Law and works full time as a Financial Planning & Analysis Analyst for LPL Financial, supporting the Client, Legal & Risk, and Human Capital departments. He earned his Master of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi in 2019 as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2018. A lifelong enthusiast in human space activity, Quinn currently serves as a Legal Fellow for the National Space Society and co-founded orbital debris remediation advocacy platform Clean Orbit.

Register today to reserve your seat and ask your questions. 

Register no later than April 7 at 8 pm EDT.

Past NSS Space Forums and Town Halls may be viewed here.



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