At Indiana Law, Professor Need directs the Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, a joint venture between the Maurer School of Law and the Kelley School of Business, distinguished by its focus on start-up ventures with high-growth potential. He also instructs the classroom component of the clinical course. Fourth-year joint JD/MBA students and third-year law students have the unique opportunity to assist ventures with legal issues including financial planning, organization, licenses, agreements, regulatory and zoning compliance, and intellectual property matters. Clinic students work in teams on actual business formation, planning, and strategy issues in a multi-disciplinary setting.
Need has a long history serving the small business client. Prior to joining Indiana Law, Professor Need spent thirteen years in private practice, representing businesses of all sizes. He spent the last five years of his private practice as a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, where he represented personal clients with their business needs while also assisting firm clients in a broad range of business litigation areas, including employment, regulatory, construction, real estate, and copyright. Following private practice, he served as general counsel for a former corporate client. He is a certified civil mediator. Need, an alumnus of IU's joint JD/MBA program, is also the faculty director of the Law School's JD/MBA programs. The Law School currently offers a 4-year JD/MBA, a 4-year JD/MBAA (accounting), an accelerated 3-year JD/MBA, and a unique international JD/MBA in conjunction with the Sungkyunkwan Graduate School of Business in Seoul, South Korea.
Need, a 2009 recipient of the Trustees Teaching Award at the Law School, has also served as an adjunct professor at the Kelley School of Business, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and teaches commercial law in the Sungkyunkwan MBA program in Seoul, South Korea.