For the past 35 years, Murphy & Prachthauser lawyers have been known as “Good Lawyers Who Help People.” The attorneys and staff at Murphy & Prachthauser are dedicated to helping their clients by providing high quality legal service. But, helping people extends outside the office. Through volunteering and providing financial support to various organizations, Murphy & Prachthauser is able to help people in many other ways. These are a few of the organizations that the attorneys and staff at Murphy & Prachthauser hold dear to their hearts.
The team at Murphy & Prachthauser has been highlighting local charities and organizations doing great things in our local community with the #GiveBackMKE initiative. As good lawyers who help people, we committed to make a monthly donation to a different local charity for 12 months.
Teams from both Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West High Schools compete annually in the We the People competition. The students prepare by taking numerous history and social studies courses and as juniors they are able to compete. The competitors are provided with a presentation topic and then go through simulated congressional hearings where they are expected to answer questions on their topic. The national competition is held in Washington D.C. each year and Murphy & Prachthauser is proud to help send these teams to compete.
The Urban Ecology Center is an organization that seeks to provide environmental education to residents of Milwaukee. The Urban Ecology Center not only provides educational resources, but also promotes enjoying the outdoors. Summer camps, travel opportunities, and community programs are offered by the Urban Ecology Center as a way to get in touch with nature.
Since 1997, the St. Gerard Scholarship Fund, operated through the Milwaukee Archdiocese Office for Schools, has awarded scholarships to near Southside Milwaukee families with students attending Catholic Schools. Attorney Keith Stachowiak worked on establishing the fund when his longtime parish closed and the property was sold. Since its inception, the fund has awarded approximately a million dollars in scholarships. Attorney Stachowiak is still involved in reviewing the applications and, with the assistance of the staff at Murphy & Prachthauser, processing the paperwork each year that is behind the workings of the fund.
Youth athletics are an important part of a child’s development, and running a program properly, with an emphasis on sportsmanship, teaching, and team play, is an important part of that program. For the past decade, Attorney Keith Stachowiak has sat on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee sports advisory board, which promulgates the rules and regulations that apply to all Catholic Schools in the Diocese. Attorney Stachowiak also serves as the league president of the Parkview League, the league consisting of Catholic Schools in the Southern part of the Milwaukee Metro area.
The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety is an organization designed to educate about fire safety and support burn survivors. Murphy & Prachthauser shows its support for the organization each year by helping to sponsor a summer camp for youth burn survivors. The summer camps bring together children with significant burn injuries and give them an opportunity to have fun and improve their self-esteem. The WAFS relies on the generosity of its donors in order to host these summer camps and help these children move forward from their serious burn injuries.
Arlene Skwierawski is a former MPS High School choir director. After her retirement, she began directing an alumni choir along with her co-director K.C. Williams. The choir is comprised primarily of former students and homeless and former homeless members of the Milwaukee Community. The choir performs at various venues and events throughout Milwaukee and across the country, but needs continuing support to ensure these talented singers and musicians can continue to provide uplifting music and a sense of hope to many Milwaukee residents.
The Myositis Association is an organization that helps fund myositis research and provides support to people suffering from myositis. Myositis is a condition that causes swelling of the muscles and muscle loss. For some types of myositis, the causes are known. However, many people suffer from a type of myositis where the cause is still unknown. Support for the Myositis Association helps to fund research for those suffering from this condition.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is an organization that seeks to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and for ulcerative colitis. The Foundation offers research programs, education programs, and support services to help people cope with these diseases.
The Bay View Bicycle Club is an organization designed to promote health and friendships through bicycling. Attorney Keith Stachowiak is a member of the organization and Murphy & Prachthauser supports the annual BVBC Classic Ride. In the past, proceeds from the race have helped support the Bike Federation of Wisconsin, Ozaukee Interurban Trail, the Hunger Task Force, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a Catholic Parish located in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Each year, the parish holds a festival called Funfest. The festival hosts a car show, sheepshead tournament, gift raffle, bake sale, and many other events. The proceeds from the festival go to support the parish and its associated outreach missions.
Life Navigators provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Life Navigators holds both educational and recreational activities for people with disabilities and their families. Additionally, Life Navigators helps educate families about creating trusts for their loved one and about the resources available in the community.
Murphy & Prachthauser supports Newspaper in Education through the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Through this program, the firm purchases the electronic edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for schools in the Milwaukee area. Schools are able to access the newspaper and teachers are able to incorporate current events into their curriculum. This is a great way for enhance education in Milwaukee area schools.
The Legal Aid Society provides free legal services to residents of Milwaukee County who are unable to afford an attorney. The Legal Aid Society operates in numerous locations throughout the Milwaukee area and staff attorneys work hard to promote justice for the most vulnerable members in our community. Each year the Legal Aid Society has an annual luncheon in order to raise money to maintain high quality legal services. In 2014, Murphy & Prachthauser is a proud sponsor of the 98th Annual Luncheon, which supports this great organization.
The MSOE President’s Golf Outing is held every year in order to fund scholarships for MSOE students. This year, Murphy & Prachthauser sponsored a hole at the annual golf outing at Oconomowoc Golf Club to support golfing for a great cause, education.
In honor of New Berlin West High School’s beloved soccer coach, Michael Dillett, the Mike Dillett Memorial Scholarship Foundation was started after his death in December of 2009. Coach Dillett emphasized character and integrity for his players on and off the field. In order to keep his memory alive, the Foundation provides scholarships to New Berlin West Senior Soccer players who exemplify these characteristics. In order to fund these scholarships, the Foundation receives generous donations and hosts the Annual Mike Dillett Memorial Golf Outing. Murphy & Prachthauser contributed to the Mike Dillett Memorial Scholarship Foundation this year by sponsoring a hole at the golf outing.