Lauren Eichelberger has become Perry County’s very first lady to be appointed as district legal professional and will direct the prosecutor’s office adhering to her swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 19 at the courthouse in New Bloomfield.

“Thank you all for remaining listed here and for the aid,” Eichelberger stated to relatives, close friends, colleagues and other courtroom officers collected for her oath of place of work.

Eichelberger previously was the 1st assistant district legal professional, and she has been with the prosecutor’s office environment because 2015. Under Pennsylvania legislation, when there’s a vacancy at district legal professional, the very first assistant becomes the DA until finally an election can be held for the placement.

Eichelberger is from New Bloomfield, exactly where her moms and dads continue to live. She graduated from East Pennsboro Large University in 2004 and then attended Marymount Manhattan School for a dual big, obtaining levels in high-quality arts and English. She graduated from Villanova Law College in 2012 and clerked for the Perry and Juniata judges in 2013.

She achieved spouse Michael Steadele at the courthouse, and they have two young children collectively. She also teaches dance at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet.

“I’ve been fortunate to continue to keep that to start with really like in my existence even immediately after shifting my passions into the legal realm,” she said.

Eichelberger ascends to the task right after previous DA Andrew Bender was elected this calendar year to be the subsequent decide of the Courtroom of Prevalent Pleas for the 41st Judicial District, which encompasses each Perry and Juniata counties.

Bender and some others sang Eichelberger’s praises following her having the oath. District lawyer is not an straightforward place of work, Bender reported, but he had not question she was much more than capable to lead the workplace.

“At the stop of the day, it’s value it, and I desire you all the luck in the planet,” he reported.

President Judge Kenneth Mummah claimed he wasn’t very positive what to make of Eichelberger when he first achieved her, but by means of her clerkship and then as an attorney and prosecutor, he came to regard her.

“Lauren has fantastic generate, identity and determination to the law,” Mummah stated.

She obtained to wherever she is nowadays by currently being passionate about that regulation and defending victims of abuse and assault, he claimed. The whole court docket applauded her role as the first woman to serve as the district lawyer, but Mummah stated which is only part of who she is.

“She’s not below simply because she’s a woman,” the choose continued. “She’s below simply because she’s a damn fantastic lawyer and prosecutor.”

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