Becka Rich currently holds the position of Assistant Dean for the Law Library and Technology Services and serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Law, demonstrating a deep commitment to the intersection of technology and legal education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Boston College.
With over two decades of experience in the field of technology, Becka has engaged in various roles, including positions in tech support, web design, and technology education. During her tenure at Drexel University, she developed technology courses in “AI and the Law,” “Intro to AI and the Law,” and “Technology for Law Practice.” Becka’s contributions at Drexel extend beyond the classroom. She actively participated in Drexel University’s Working Group on the Educational Impact of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools and Drexel’s Academic Integrity Policy Pertaining to Artificial Intelligence, ensuring that AI is employed responsibly and ethically within the academic context.
Her expertise in the realm of legal technology is further underscored by her engagements as a speaker on various legal technology topics, including technology ethics, neurodiversity and AI, and legal analytics. She has spoken at International Legal Technology Association events, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and the American Association of Law Libraries. One of her notable accomplishments during her tenure at Drexel University was the establishment of a donor-funded Legal Technology Lab, which serves as a center for innovation, enabling both students and faculty to explore the potential of technology in legal practice and education. At present, Becka’s research is centered on the fascinating intersection of law, disability, and AI, with the aim of uncovering how technology can be leveraged to enhance access and equality within the legal system.