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For National Women of Color in Tech Day, we asked Pat Muller, our IT Manager to tell us more about herself and her journey into the world of tech.

My name is Pat Muller. I am the Information Technology Manager for South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS), a non-profit law firm. I have been employed with SCLS for 45+ years.

I was fascinated and intrigued with technology early in my career. My IT journey began in the 1980s at Palmetto Legal Services as the go-to person in the office when a computer stopped working. Without formal training, I could resolve the tech issue(s). For quite a while, I was self-taught. It was very fulfilling when I could tinker and figure out the computer problem(s), enabling my co-workers to continue working.

My fascination grew as I began to understand the programming of early computer systems. After years of shadowing IT and being turned down for IT positions because of no ‘formal training,’ with a degree, I obtained an associate in computer technology with an emphasis on programming. I later returned to college and received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information systems.

Under my leadership, teamwork, and collaboration, SCLS achieved the highest rating for security during a recent security audit compared to any other legal aid program by implementing complex and innovative technology tools. Technology requires adaptation, flexibility, and the willingness to evolve to maintain industry standards. In the same report, SCLS was recognized as the ‘most secure’ legal aid program tested to date.

Technology is my passion, i.e., what it does and can do to take a process developed years ago and innovate it into a much more collaborative, efficient, and effective tool. No day is the same, and new challenges are presented daily. I enjoy interacting with users in many capacities and collaborating with my peers, team, partners, and other technologists on innovative ideas and projects. I have also had the fantastic opportunity to be a presenter at a Legal Services Corporation technology conference.

I am a lifelong learner and continue to love and be fascinated with the evolution and transformation of technology and its ability to drive everything from mundane tasks to innovative technology projects.

I love technology and my career. I give all the glory to God for where I am and where I have been and for those who took the time to mentor, encourage, and support me wherever my journey takes me.

I am the mother of two wonderful adult children and four grandchildren. I LIVE FOR ALL SPORTS! GO BLUE DEVILS!! 😊