James Becker is the Brandeis School of Law's Assistant Dean for Information Technology. He manages Brandeis' Information Technology Department, which is responsible for all aspects of the law school's technology environment, and supervises its staff.
Brandeis' IT Department supports faculty, staff, clinic and student computing; manages instructional and other audiovisual technologies; administers its website and local area network; supports telecommunications technology; administers student exams on computer; and coordinates technology planning and purchasing. Brandeis' IT staff also works closely with University of Louisville Information Technology and other outside organizations. In conjunction with the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, the IT staff also provides on-site tech support for Kentucky Bar Exam applicants.
During his tenure at Brandeis, Dean Becker has been significantly involved in the renovation of the law school's classrooms and court rooms, each of which is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. He has also served as a member or chair of numerous committees, including the Clinic, Communications, Strategic Planning and Technology Committees and several personnel search committees.
Becker is a member of the University's Tier I Advisory Group, which coordinates communication and projects between University IT and the University's many academic and administrative units. He was nominated and selected to participate in the 2015 Provost's Staff Leadership Academy, which develops leadership and project management skills.
Before joining Brandeis in his current capacity, Dean Becker attended as a student, was a member of the University of Louisville Journal of Family Law, earning the Best Note Award in 1996, and received his law degree in 1997. He is a licensed attorney in Kentucky and a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations. Becker has taught Computers and the Law as an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department's Paralegal Studies Program, and he has made numerous continuing legal education presentations on topics such as trial technology, Internet legal research and ethical and intellectual property considerations raised by technology in the practice of law.