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Franceska O. Schroeder

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Washington, DC
202-626-7718
schroeder@fr.com
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Background

Franceska O. Schroeder is a space and defense industry lawyer resident in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson. Clients turn to Ms. Schroeder for help with complex issues involving compliance with U.S. export controls and economic sanctions programs, drafting and negotiating commercial and government contracts, liability and risk management, and legislative and policy matters that impact their business.

Ms. Schroeder’s clients include aerospace and defense contractors, satellite manufacturers and operators, launch services providers, systems engineering firms, software companies, insurance brokers and underwriters, and investors in high-technology projects. She is also Legal Counsel to the American Astronautical Society and serves as a Private Sector Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In 2012, Ms. Schroeder was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council’s Commercial Space Committee and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society. Ms. Schroeder is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska School of Law, where she co-teaches a course on Space and Satellite Business Law.

Education

J.D., American University Washington College of Law
Executive Editor, American University Journal of  International Law and Policy


B.A., Tufts University
magna cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Memberships & Affiliations

​American Astronautical Society
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
District of Columbia Bar Association
International Academy of Astronautics
National Defense Industrial Association
International Aviation Women's Association
International Institute of Space Law
Women in Aerospace
Women in Defense

Other Distinctions

Accolades

  • Elected Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, March 2014
  • Recognized as an "IP Star" in Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP, October 2013
  • Served on the NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee, 2012-2014
  • Selected "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2016
  • Named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, June 2012
  • Elected Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, August 2003

Publications and Presentations

Space Debris:  Legal and Policy Issues of Active Debris Removal and On-Orbit Servicing, ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Washington, DC (June 8, 2016).

Benefits, Risks & Consequences of Self-Disclosure under State and Commerce:  When Does It Make Sense for Mitigating Potential Damages?  C5’s 5th Conference on US Defence Trade Controls under State and Commerce, London, United Kingdom (January 20, 2016)

Business Models, Finance and Risk Management, The 10th Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law, Washington, DC (December 9, 2015).

Developments in Licensing of Commercial Remote Sensing Satellites, Geospatial & Remote Sensing Law Continuing Legal Education Program, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, Springfield, Virginia (November 18, 2015).

Amending US Commercial Space Legislation:  Prospects, Analysis, & Next Steps, the University of Nebraska College of Law’s 8th Annual Space & Cyber Law Conference, Washington, DC (October 29, 2015).

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), Las Cruces, New Mexico, Fish & Richardson Sponsor (October 7-8, 2015).

Legal Considerations Affecting Small Satellites – It’s Not Just About Orbital Debris, 17th Annual Small Payload Rideshare Symposium Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, Maryland (June 10, 2015).

Handbook for New Actors in Space, Secure World Foundation, Washington, DC (June 3, 2015)

Reaching the Top: Successful Strategies for Becoming a Leader in Defense and Aerospace, ACI’s Women in Aerospace & Defense Law, Compliance & Ethics Conference, Washington, DC (March 31, 2015)

On-Orbit Jurisdiction: Government and Industry Views, the University of Nebraska College of Law’s 7th Annual Space & Cyber Law Conference, Washington, DC (November 3, 2014).

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), Las Cruces, New Mexico, Fish & Richardson Sponsor (October 14-16, 2014).

The ITAR Policy & Practice Forum, Charlottesville, Virginia (September 21 -23, 2014)

Panel Moderator, The 8th Annual Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Conference, Washington DC (October 29, 2015).

Are Domestic Laws, Regulations and Policy Adequate for Today’s Commercial Environment; Arguments, Options and Implications? The 9th Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law, Washington, DC (December 10, 2014).

Disruptive (Game Changing) Space Technologies, Laws and Policies, The 8th Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law, Washington, D.C. (December 5, 2013).

Liability Issues in Commercial Space Activities: An Industry and Government Roundtable, the University of Nebraska College of Law’s 6th Annual Space & Cyber Law Conference, Washington, DC (November 6, 2013).

Hot Topics for the Commercial Space Industry, International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), Las Cruces, New Mexico (October 17, 2013).

The ITAR Policy & Practice Forum, Charlottesville, Virginia (September 22-24, 2013).

Practical Guidelines for Making Voluntary Disclosures: Protecting your Company from Fines and Debarment, C5’s 4th Advanced Forum on ITAR Compliance in Europe, Paris, France (June 20, 2013).

Reducing Increased Facilitation Risks: Lessons Learned from Recent OFAC Enforcement Cases & Advisory Opinions, American Conference Institute’s 6th Forum on Economic Sanctions Enforcement, Washington, DC (June 6, 2013).

Panel Moderator, Managing Space Project Risks, Washington, DC, ABA Forum on Air & Space Law (June 6, 2013).

Panel Moderator, Managing Launch Risks: A Comparative Approach, Washington, DC, ABA Forum on Air & Space Law (February 2, 2013).

Export Control Reform – What Does it Mean for the Commercial Space Industry?  International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), Las Cruces, New Mexico (October 17-18, 2012).

The ITAR Policy & Practice Forum, Charlottesville, Virginia (September 23-25, 2012).

Preventing Defense Services Export Violations Related to Technical Support, Software Development and Other Assistance: Using "Public Domain" Information and Providing Services Related to Commercial Items, ACI Forum, ITAR Compliance, Fairmont Hotel Washington, Washington, DC (July 24 & 25, 2012).

U.S. Commercial Space Law: a Practitioner’s "Tool Box," ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Washington, DC (June 12, 2012).

US Space Exploration in the Next 20 Years, The Dupont Summit 2011, Science, Technology & Environmental Policy: Pressing Issues, Little Time, Washington, DC (December 2, 2011).

How the Entrepreneur Can Benefit From the Regulatory Environment, International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2011, Las Cruces, NM (October 20, 2011).

What You Really Need to Know to Comply with Encryption Rules, Washington Metro Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (WMACCA) Global Issues Forum, Washington, DC (October 5, 2011).

The ITAR Policy & Practice Forum, Charlottesville, Virginia (September 18-20, 2011).

Understanding U.S. Export Controls, the International Space University’s Executive MBA Program, George Washington University, Washington, DC (June 28, 2011).

Mitigate Risks Within the Current Global Anti-Corruption Landscape, CBI Bio/Pharma Legal Congress, Washington, DC (June 7, 2011).

Federal Laws and Regulations: Creating an Environment That Really Does "Encourage and Facilitate," The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, The Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation, Washington, DC (June 7, 2011).

U.S. Sanctions Demystified: A Primer on Key Requirements, OFAC Agency Structure, and Who to Contact for What, American Conference Institute’s 4th National Forum on OFAC Enforcement and Compliance, Washington, DC (April 26, 2011).

U.S. ITAR Reform, 5th Annual Lincoln Space Law Conference hosted by The University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska (April 19, 2011).

U.S. Delegation to the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Private Sector Advisor, Vienna, Austria (Spring 2011, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002 & 2000).

The ITAR Policy & Practice Forum, Charlottesville, Virginia (November 14-16, 2010).

ITAR: The Path Forward, International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2010, Las Cruces, NM, (October 20, 2010).

Congressional Notification: Reducing the Risk of Satellite Export, Service and Launch Delays, American Conference Institute’s 3rd National Forum on Satellite & Space Export Controls, Washington, DC (September 29-30, 2010).

Understanding U.S. Export Controls, the International Space University’s Executive MBA Program, George Washington University, Washington, DC (June 16, 2010).

Minimizing Trans-shipment and Diversion Risks, American Conference Institute’s 3rd European Forum on Economic Sanctions, London, England (March 23, 2010).

Space Law in the Transatlantic Arena: Cooperation, Competition and Comparison: ITAR and U.S. Export Controls, the University of Nebraska College of Law Space & Telecom Law Conference, Washington, DC (November 20, 2009).

ITAR Reform, Society of Satellite Professionals International, Washington, DC (October 22, 2009).

Conference Chair, American Conference Institute’s 2nd National Forum on Satellite & Space Export Controls, Washington, DC (October 2, 2009).

U.S. Export Controls, Trade Embargoes and Economic Sanctions Programs: Compliance and Ethics Challenges for the Aerospace Industry, American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law Annual Meeting and Conference, Chicago, Illinois (September 24, 2009).

SEC Commences FCPA Investigation of Pharmaceutical and Other Companies Doing Business in or with Countries Designated as State Sponsors of Terror, Fish & Richardson Client Alert (May 2009).

Message in Both Words and Action: Justice and SEC Expected to Ramp Up FCPA Enforcement Against Technology, Medical Device, Pharma, and Defense Industries, Fish & Richardson Client Alert (March 5, 2009).

Presentation on U.S. Export Controls to the Center National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC (March 6, 2009).

Justice Department Report Shows Increased Enforcement of Export Controls, Fish & Richardson Client Alert (November 25, 2008).

Understanding U.S. Export Controls, Fish & Richardson Seminar for European Companies, Munich, Germany (November 7, 2008).

Space Insurance: Meeting Both Insurance Policy and ITAR Obligations, American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Satellite & Space Export Controls, Washington, DC, Area (September 25, 2008).

Charting the Future of Private Human Spaceflight: Space Law Considerations, American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law Annual Meeting and Conference, Montreal, Canada (September 19, 2008).

Exploring Space ITAR Reform, Space Frontier Foundation Annual Conference, NewSpace 2008: Creating the Future or Living in the Past, Washington, DC (July 17, 2008).

Interview: Franceska Schroeder, Res Communis, The University of Mississippi School of Law Aerospace Blog (July 9, 2008).

A complete list of Ms. Schroeder’s publications and presentations is available upon request.

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