Michelle is an Associate Director of the Center for Air and Space Law and an instructor of aviation and space law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. 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 where the focus of her research was commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law.
Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice. Her legal career commenced with the restructuring of sovereign debt for a number of South and Latin American countries and evolved into the negotiation and implementation of cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions. Her subsequent solo practice advised entrepreneurs across four continents on all aspects of bringing their innovative ideas to market: from basic corporate formation to financings and buyouts.
Michelle is also a founding partner of ABH Aerospace, LLC a consulting firm which provides advice and counsel in respect of all aspects of air, space and cyber law. She is the Chair of the International Committee of the National Space Society and Co-Chair of the Cultural Considerations Working Group of the Moon Village Association. Michelle also serves as an Advisor to the space stream of the Creative Destruction Lab, a startup incubator located in Toronto.
Tim Hanlon has coordinated marketing, communications and public relations efforts at some of the world’s leading on and offline companies including Priceline, the Schwan Food Company, Merrill Lynch, Unilever and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Hanlon also managed press relations for General Colin Powell (ret.) and America’s Promise, a campaign to improve the lives of America’s at-risk children. He also worked as President and CEO of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis where he managed a $38 million Capital Campaign.
In 1991, Mr. Hanlon served in the Bush Administration as Director of Marketing at the Points of Light Foundation. Mr. Hanlon started his marketing career at Nike where he also competed for the company at the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials.
He holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University. He is a member of the St. John’s Hall of Fame and a two-time NCAA All American in Track and Field.