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Growing up as an observer of the world around her, Katherine Eschels made it her mission to learn about people whose lives differed from her own. And it’s her interest in learning about others – and her capacity to put herself in their shoes – that has propelled her to a career in the law.

Katherine had her sights set on law school even as an undergraduate at Centre College, where she majored in Anthropology and Sociology and minored in Religious Studies. Those fields of study gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Germany, India, Israel, Poland and Prague and learn about different cultures. After graduation, she enrolled in the Wake Forest School of Law where she served as an active member of the Black Law Student Association and the Journal of Law and Policy.

While at Wake Forest, Katherine provided nearly 150 hours of pro bono legal services through the school’s expungement clinic, where she helped clients – often from undeserved communities – better their lives by gaining access to employment and stable housing. This opportunity showed Katherine how she could use a career in the law not only to change the future for her clients, but also to help her community address social justice and racial inequality issues.

After graduating from law school, Katherine knew she wanted to begin her career at a firm that shared her interest in serving the community – and she found a supportive home at Middleton Reutlinger. She currently focuses on business litigation, where she uses her organizational skills to manage the critical steps that lead up to trial, from discovery to drafting and filing motions.

Katherine is looking forward to helping Middleton recruit talented and diverse candidates to the firm, and to continuing her pro bono work with a local expungement clinic.

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