2014 Symposium Agenda


  • Speakers & Sponsors Reception and Dinner
  • David Cain, Co-founder, Air Law Institute
  • Chris Celentino, Air Law Institute Foundation
  • Chris Niemann, President, Air Law Institute
  • James Culmo, High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Enterprise Leader, Unmanned Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


  • Air & Space Law Symposium
  • Master of Ceremonies: Reo Carr, Executive Editor, San Diego Business Journal
  • Chris Niemann, President, Board of Directors, Air Law Institute
  • Niels Schaumann, President and Dean, California Western School of Law
  • James M. Zortman, Sector Vice President, Global Logistics & Operational Support, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Panel 1

  • The Aeroregulatory Bramble Bush: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
  • Moderator: Prof. William C. Lynch, California Western School of Law
  • William Janicki, Air & Space Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • David Cain, Air & Space Attorney, ALI
  • Todd Emerson, General Counsel, SkyWest Airlines
  • Brandon Suarez, Aeronautical Engineer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
  • Michael Jaggers, Global Hawk Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Panel 2

  • Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System
  • Moderator: Prof. Glenn Smith, California Western School of Law
  • Steven Pennington, Director of Bases, Ranges, and Airspace, DoD Policy Board of Federal Aviation
  • Steve Morrow, CEO, Insitu - a Boeing Company
  • Ben Gielow, General Counsel, AUVSI
  • David Bannard, Partner, Foley & Lardner (Boston)
  • Doug Davis, Director of Airworthiness, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Panel 3

  • Commercial Space in the 21st Century: Issues and Actors
  • Moderator: Prof. Joanne Gabrynowicz
  • Keven Lippert, VP and General Counsel, ViaSat
  • Pablo Nichols, Morrison & Foerster (San Francisco)

Awards Reception and Dinner

  • Master of Ceremonies: Dennis Morgigno, Director of Communications, Cox California
  • Chris Niemann, President, ALI
  • Niels Schaumann, President and Dean, California Western School of Law
  • James Kidrick, President and CEO, San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • Keynote: Linden S. Blue, Vice Chairman, General Atomics


  • Inaugural Air Law Institute Golf Tournament
  • Lunch and Town Hall meeting with Congressman Scott Peters