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Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban: NU law professor Eric Berger can help interpret forthcoming federal court ruling

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Eric Berger, associate professor of law at the University of Nebraska, is available to assist reporters after U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon rules in a ACLU challenge of Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage.  At a hearing Thursday, Bataillon asked attorneys to submit briefs by Monday (Feb. 23), and said he would rule “expeditiously.”

Berger, who specializes in constitutional law, has studied legal developments regarding same-sex marriage for a number of years, both as a practicing attorney and as a legal scholar.  As an associate with Jenner & Block in Washington D.C., he worked on litigation involving same-sex marriage.  He also has authored law review articles and made presentations on same-sex marriage and constitutional interpretation.

Here is a link to Berger’s bio:

http://law.unl.edu/eric-berger/

To reach Berger, call 402-472-1251 or email at eric.berger@unl.edu (preferred).

Space law professor available to discuss Bigelow decision

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Matthew Schaefer, director of the Space, Telecommunications and Cyber Law program at the University of Nebraska, says the FAA’s recent decision in favor of Bigelow Aerospace is an “important first step”  toward encouraging private investment in new space endeavors, such as asteroid mining, private space research facilities, space hotels and the like.

“To be sure, it is certainly not the final step required, not quite a watershed moment . . . but it is a sign of considerable momentum to establish a more certain investment environment for companies interested in new space activities,” he said, saying the decision could create a snowball effect.

After consulting with the State Department, the Defense Department, NASA, NOAA and other authorities, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, inidicted that the FAA will leverage its launch licensing authority to protect commercial space ventures by ensuring zones of non-interference with commercial operations.

Professor Schaefer is able to discuss the significance and impact of the decision, the possible reaction by other countries with space programs and the potential response of the other U.S. companies  launching commercial space businesses.  He also is able to discuss the advantages of a “light” regulatory scheme for space business versus a more restrictive approach.

If you would like to interview Professor Schaefer, he is available at  402-472-1238 or mschaefer@unl.edu.

If you are on a tight deadline, please contact Leslie Reed at lreed5@unl.edu or 402-677-0853 for assistance in contacting Professor Schaefer.