Undergraduate institutions attended and degrees earned
University of Maryland, College Park – Bachelor of Science

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Annapolis, Maryland

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
Student Regent – USM Board of Regents
Senator – UMB USGA
Member – Moot Court Board
Member and 1L Representative – MIPSA

Post-graduation plans
Federal Judicial Clerkship with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through this experience without…
the support of my friends and family, . . . as well as plenty of coffee.

What did you learn about yourself while earning this degree?
Being in the prestigious atmosphere of our law school and surrounded by talented students and professors allowed me to learn more about the true upper limits of what I can achieve. I was constantly pushing myself harder, surprising myself with what I could accomplish.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
While it is difficult to choose just one, Professor Robertson definitely stands out to me. During my 2L fall semester, I had Professor Robertson for two courses (Copyright Law and Advanced Legal Research). That was by far my most enjoyable semester and a large part of that was due to Professor Robertson’s approach to teaching and the level of engagement that he shared with all of his students.

What was your favorite class and why?
If I had to choose one class, I think that Legislative Law was likely my favorite. Not only was it a subject matter that greatly interests me, but it was filled with other students that were similarly interested. I loved getting to write our own proposed legislation for review before the simulated committee that was our professors and classmates. The class was a wonderful forum for discussion and an excellent opportunity to develop one’s skills.

Write a message.
To: Class of 2021
From: Drew M. Needham
Re: Thank you

Dear fellow classmates,

I would be remiss if I did not begin by expressing my gratitude and congratulations to you all! These last years somehow simultaneously feel like they were the fastest and longest years of my life. I cannot believe that our time in law school is already coming to an end. However, looking back, my life before law school seems strangely foreign – like a different lifetime.

I know that we all have had bumpy journey through law school, riding through periods of highs and lows. However, I can say without a doubt that all of those high points were due to you, my fellow classmates. I have loved being a part of our community and I will cherish the memories and bonds that we have created.

I’ll see you in court,
Drew M. Needham, J.D.
Class of 2021