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Catherine “Katie” Bekel


Catherine “Katie” Bekel


Rappaport Center at Boston College Law School


Rappaport Law and Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
BC Law

Undergraduate School
University of Vermont

Paula Lyons, Deputy General Counsel, Mass. Dept. of Labor; 2007 Rappaport Center Fellow

Kristen Bor-Zale, Equal Justice Works Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services; 2017 Rappaport Center Fellow

Office of State Senator Joan Lovely

Catherine “Katie” Bekel is a 1L at Boston College Law School and a graduate of the University of Vermont (UVM), Phi Beta Kappa, where she studied Psychology and English. After graduating from UVM, she served as an AmeriCorps Member at Groundwork Lawrence in Lawrence, MA, and then followed her passion to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture. Bekel worked and managed small vegetable farms in eastern Massachusetts for nearly a decade. In these roles, she advocated for fairer wages for her staff and herself and created programs to make local produce more accessible for lower-income community members. Throughout this work, she became keenly aware of the challenges facing low-income workers and deeply invested in questions intersecting wealth, equity, and labor. Bekel is interested in civil rights, worker protection, immigration, and public policy. She will be interning this summer in the Office of State Senator Joan Lovely.