March 22, 2017 - Dr. Gregory McNeal Speaks on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On Wednesday March 22, Dr. Gregory McNeal of the Pepperdine School of Law spoke to Georgetown Law students about the use of unmanned aviation systems. In his lecture, Dr. McNeal laid out the concerns for lawmakers following the emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in our domestic skies, including security implications, mitigation technologies, and the legal and regulatory concerns and benefits associated with drone technology.

Dr. McNeal is a tenured Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the co-founder of AirMap, a platform that provides airspace information and services to drone operators, drone manufacturers, software developers and aviation stakeholders — reaching over 85% of the drones in operation today and more than 125 airports.   

Dr. McNeal is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy. He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy. 

Dr. McNeal has on multiple occasions testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones. He served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and on the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Registration Task Force, Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

Dr. McNeal appeared as part of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law.

Dr. Gregory McNeal

Dr. Gregory McNeal