Ballard Spahr partner William H. Needle will join the 2016 faculty of the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program at Emory University School of Law, to be held April 30 through May 6.

Mr. Needle joins an elite group of more than 120 jurists, practitioners, and legal scholars from around the world to teach in the program which has launched some of the nation’s leading trial lawyers and judges. The program's teaching methodology focuses on integrating the second-year law student's knowledge of substantive evidence with practical trial skills through a "learn-by-doing" format. The program was founded in 1982.

“We are very selective in choosing faculty,” said Emory Law professor and Emory Law Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Director Paul Zwier. “The group of faculty that will convene in Atlanta this year includes people who are at the top of their game—and who also have the teaching skills to train the next generation of trial advocates.”

Mr. Needle is the former Chair of the Ballard Spahr’s Intellectual Property Department. During his nearly five-decade career, he has handled scores of copyright and trademark matters, including high-profile litigation for the CABBAGE PATCH KIDS® dolls. He also represented the State of Georgia in infringement cases involving the VIDALIA® onion mark. Mr. Needle is the recipient of the 2015 IP Legends Award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to intellectual property, including in business, law, and education.

Founded in 1916, Emory University School of Law is an American Bar Association nationally accredited law school. Consistently ranked as one of the premier law schools in the United States, Emory Law offers exceptional doctrinal and practical legal education with signature programs in advocacy, transactional law, technology and IP law, law and religion, and vulnerability studies.

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