2014 Symposium Recap

General Atomics’ Linden S. Blue, High School Students Honored at Air Law Institute’s Inaugural Air & Space Law Awards Dinner, March 14, 2014

The Vice Chairman of General Atomics, Linden S. Blue, and two high school students from Florida and Minnesota were among the top honorees at the San Diego-based Air Law Institute’s inaugural Air & Space Law Awards Reception and Dinner, held at San Diego Air & Space Museum on March 14, 2014.

Mr. Blue received the first ever Air Law Institute Inspiration Award for Business & Engineering in recognition of his decades of innovation and achievement in the aerospace industry. He was also the keynote speaker at the event, which was attended by approximately 150 people, with a multimedia presentation on the subject of “Peace Through Strength, Innovation, and Energy.”

High school students John Totaro and Abigail Harrison with Linden Blue

High school students John Totaro and Abigail Harrison with Linden Blue

High school students John Totaro and Abigail Harrison, who flew to San Diego for the event from Florida and Minnesota, respectively, received ALI Inspiration Scholarship Awards.

Earlier that day, top aerospace executives and attorneys met in lively discussion panels at California Western School of Law. Subjects included air regulations, integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace, and the commercialization of space.

“We were honored to receive robust support from our aerospace industry, the legal community, and academia,” said ALI Director of Communication and co-founder David Cain. “California Western School of Law was the perfect venue to host the symposium, given its leadership role in graduating practice-ready attorneys for the burgeoning aerospace industry. The support we received from the world-class San Diego Air & Space Museum was also critical to our success.

“While Mr. Blue provided a powerful vision of the future, he was surrounded by historic aircraft from the past,” added Cain. “Honoring our past as we look forward and upward has been a key for successful law and aerospace professionals throughout the history of both disciplines. I hope we effectively honored our past this weekend. We are excited to see where we go from here.”

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

Here is a complete list of award winners:

  • ALI Inspiration Award – Business & Engineering: Linden S. Blue
  • ALI Inspiration Award – Air Law: Professor William C. Lynch
  • ALI Inspiration Award – Space Law: Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz
  • ALI Inspiration Award – Arts & Letters: John W. Alexanders
  • ALI Inspiration Scholarship Award – Air: John Totaro (16)
  • ALI Inspiration Scholarship Award – Space: Abigail Harrison (16)