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2018 Eagleton Scholarship awarded to Katherine Murchison

November 2, 2018

This year’s Eagleton Scholarship recipient is Katherine Murchison, currently a 1L at Washington University School of Law.

The $15,000 award, named in honor of Thompson Coburn's late partner and former U.S. Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, is awarded annually to a 1L law student belonging to a demographic group underrepresented in the legal profession. The recipient also receives a full year of mentoring provided by a Thompson Coburn partner and a paid internship for the following summer. Students must be enrolled at Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri – Columbia, or the University of Illinois.

Thompson Coburn litigator Booker Shaw will serve as a mentor. She will join the firm as a summer associate in 2019.

Katherine received a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the Honors College at the College of Charleston. During her undergraduate studies, Katherine worked for Catholic Charities’ Office of Immigration Services and served as a field and policy intern for Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund. As a high schooler in Charleston, Katherine was the South Carolina state champion of the state’s Poetry Out Loud contest and founded the Charleston County School of the Arts’ first mock trial team.

An October 15 scholarship presentation for Katherine was attended by Washington University law school administrators, Nancy Murchison (Katherine's mother), Thompson Coburn diversity committee members, Firm Chairman Tom Minogue, and Mrs. Barbara Eagleton.