Presenting a moderated panel discussion followed by time for open informal conversation.


This event is free but you do need to register.

Our Panel

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Michelle L.D. Hanlon

Michelle L.D. Hanlon is Co-Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and its Center for Air and Space Law.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law, the world’s oldest law journal dedicated to the legal problems arising out of human activities in outer space and the Faculty Advisor for its sister publication, the Journal of Drone Law and Policy.  Michelle is a Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space.  In this capacity, she was instrumental in the development of the recently enacted One Small Step Act in the United States.  For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.  Michelle is the President of the National Space Society and the mentor to National Space Society Legal Fellows program.  She was recently appointed to The Hague Institute for Global Justice Off-World Approach project.   


Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.  She earned her LLM in Air and Space Law from McGill University. 

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Linda Sheehan

As Executive Director of Environment Now, Linda Sheehan guides philanthropic efforts
to protect California's coastal, freshwater, and forest ecosystems. Prior to Environment
Now, Linda served the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as Senior Counsel, and was a
consultant to foundations and state agencies. She implemented nature’s rights
programs as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Earth Law Center, led the California
Coastkeeper Alliance as Executive Director, and oversaw Ocean Conservancy’s work
as Pacific Region Director. For her efforts in “fight[ing] pollution of the Pacific and the
streams and rivers that flow into it,” Linda was recognized by the state as a California
Coastal Hero.

Linda has published extensively, particularly on the topic of rights of nature, and has
taught nature’s rights courses at Vermont Law School and recommended rights-based
climate strategies ( Linda holds a B.S. in Chemical
Engineering from MIT, an M.P.P. from U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public
Policy, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School.

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