Through the generous support of Craig Buchholz, JD ’17, Kline School of Law will establish the Buchholz Law Tech Lab in summer 2021. The Lab will train Kline Law students to be technologically savvy attorneys who are prepared for 21st-century practice.
Buchholz is a member of the Kline Law Board and has been the senior vice president of Global Communications for General Motors since April 2020. His gift is the first named gift that Kline Law has received from a graduate.
The Buchholz Law Tech Lab, which will be located in the law school’s Legal Research Center (LRC), will allow Kline Law students to “explore the ways new technology is changing the practice of law,” according to Dean Daniel Filler. “The Lab will ensure that our graduates are leaders in the new legal economy, graduating with the skills necessary to meet the quickly evolving demands of clients, regulators and the courts. I’m so grateful to Craig Buchholz for his support of this project, which will impact Kline Law and the legal community for years to come.”
Rebecca Rich, assistant teaching professor and director of the LRC, will manage the Lab. Rich said she is “very excited to run one of only a handful of legal technology labs within law schools in the country.”
Rich noted that the lab will allow faculty to incorporate the use of legal technology in their courses and allow students to learn the tools they will use in practice. “Technology is becoming ever more central to the practice of law,” said Rich. “Now our students will have a critical leg up in the profession, because they will be able to work more efficiently thanks to their knowledge of legal technology.”