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On June 4, in association with the Air & Space Law Forum of the American Bar Association (ABA), Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office hosted the ABA’s 2019 Space Law Symposium for the second year. Partner and Co-chair of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace Practice Abby L. Bried welcomed guests and introduced speakers, including Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law at NASA Amy Xenofos, as well as the keynote speaker of the event: Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in the US House of Representatives, Kendra S. Horn. Ms. Bried is highly involved with the ABA’s Air & Space Forum as a member of the Governing Committee, Diversity Chair and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council. Others in attendance included Mark L. Warren, who is also a co-chair of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace Practice and is a former member of the Air & Space Forum Governing Committee. As well as John Flynn, who is co-chair of the Communications, Internet and Technology Practice and Christine Sanquist, an associate in the Communications and Aviation practices.
Throughout the program, panelists addressed topics such as commercializing the International Space Station, a discussion on the risks associated with commercial satellites in the evolving space industry, understanding legal issues associated with deep space exploration and developing planetary protection policies with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.