James A. Becker

Assistant Dean for Information Technology

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As Assistant Dean for Information Technology, I manage the Brandeis School of Law's IT Department and supervise its staff. I am a 1997 graduate of the Brandeis School of Law, served as Computer Services Manager from 1997 to 2007 and became an assistant dean in 2007. The IT Department is responsible for all aspects of Brandeis's  technology environment.

The School of Law IT Department supports faculty, staff, clinic, and student computing; manages instructional technologies and A-V; administers our Web site and local area network; supports communications technology; administers student exams on computer; and coordinates technology planning and purchasing. The IT staff also work closely with University of Louisville Information Technology and other outside organizations, including the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions regarding administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam on computer, and BARBRI to record and deliver Kentucky bar review lectures via streaming, HD video to remote locations in a first-in-the-nation project beginning in 2010.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville in 1988, and while in law school was a member of the University of Louisville Journal of Family Law, receiving the Best Note Award for 1995-96. A licensed attorney, I am a member of the American and Kentucky Bar Associations. I have taught Computers & the Law as an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department's Paralegal Studies Program, and I have made numerous CLE presentations on topics such as trial technology, Internet legal research and ethical considerations raised by technology in the practice of law. Finally, I am an aging rock and roll poseur, and since 2005, I've served on the planning committee for Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, a fundraiser to provide summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to serve underserved clients in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS and gain valuable practice experience before graduation.