Their family members taught them that being a lawyer meant helping others, which is the inspiration they have carried throughout their educational careers.
"I saw my father help so many people, and I wanted to emulate that for my children," Anthony L. Farese said. "I watched my father and uncle litigate a murder trial for the first time when I was 12, and it was a tough situation.
"I think the American judicial system is the best system in the world to participate in, and practicing law is one of the most noble professions anyone can choose to pursue."
Katherine said she was especially inspired by her father's work. While working at the family office, she watched her father kneel down in front of a client who was crying, reassuring them he would do everything he could for them, and that he would never leave them.
"I feel like I was meant to be a lawyer and, as cheesy as it may sound, we want to help people," she said.
Michael said his father talked to them about the frailty of man, and that anyone from any occupation or socioeconomic status can make a mistake.
"It's humbling to be able to advocate for someone," Michael said. "A lot of people are good people who find themselves in bad situations, and it's easier than you think.
"No matter what anyone is accused of, everyone is entitled to a defense."
Since both siblings knew they would pursue a law degree, they declared political science as their undergraduate majors and minored in history. They took all the same classes through their Ole Miss undergraduate careers.
"We've always been each other's best friend, so it was never weird to us that we would take all the same classes or end up with the same major and minor," Katherine said.
Leaning on each other throughout their higher education careers allowed them to succeed.
"We've always studied together," Michael said. "That's the good thing about being twins; is you always have a study partner."
When it came time to choose a law school, there was no question that they would follow in the footsteps of their family members.
"Ole Miss is always the place that we wanted to go to law school," Michael said. "That had been our dream that we had been working toward, and that's where our family went to law school."
The Farese family has quite a legacy at the university, beginning in the 1930s. John B. Farese, from Boston, attended Holmes Community College on a football scholarship. There, he met his wife, Orene Ellis Farese. He was then able to attend the Ole Miss law school on a boxing scholarship, graduating in 1939.
"He had an offer to move to New York City but turned it down to stay in Ashland because his wife, aunt Boots, received a teaching position there," Katherine said. "We've always been told that he started his practice with a one-volume code, a beat-up typewriter and $3.50 in his pocket."