Assistant Director, Lawyering: Advice and Persuasion
Legal Writing Assistant Professor
B.A., Philosophy and History, College of Saint Benedict
J.D., magna cum laude, 2002, William Mitchell College of Law
Lisa Needham is the assistant director of the Lawyering: Advice and Persuasion program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and an assistant professor of legal writing. She also teaches in the school’s appellate advocacy courses. Before joining Mitchell Hamline as an assistant director, Professor Needham taught as an adjunct professor in the school’s legal writing program for several years.
Upon graduation from William Mitchell College of Law, Ms. Needham clerked for then-Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She also practiced in public sector law as an Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney specializing in data practices and election law. Subsequently, as a lawyer at the Minnesota Department of Education, she oversaw regulation of charter schools and K-12 online learning.
Ms. Needham also works as an editor and writer focusing on law practice management technology, diversity in the law, access to justice, and topics of particular interest to solo and small firm lawyers.
Needham, Lisa M. (2000) “A Day in the Life of the Digital Music Wars: The RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia,” William Mitchell Law Review: Vol. 26.