Beyond his work at the firm, Ken continues to serve the community in a number of ways. Ken and his wife are deeply committed to education, and especially to institutions that provide superior educational opportunities for disadvantaged or at-risk youth.
Notre Dame School of Milwaukee is a successful educational institution at which Ken has been active. This Catholic Choice school is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Following in the Christian tradition, NDSM fosters respect, responsibility, and sharing of personal talents while preparing students for admittance to a college preparatory high school. Notre Dame began as a middle school for young women, and has subsequently expanded into a bi-lingual, co-ed elementary school and a middle school for young men. In a bi-literate (English and Spanish) setting, with emphasis on leadership skills, critical thinking, and social justice, young women and men are empowered to make positive contributions to society. Ken serves as a student tutor and mentor, advises on governance matters, and lends a hand in other ways.
Champions For Learning, the education foundation in Collier County, Florida, is an independent, community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to create life-changing learning experiences for every student. With a vision of a community that is 100% engaged in support of student success, Champions For Learning serves a unique role in bringing the community together to support a culture of learning and innovation. The organization has been awarded the highest four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator and achieved the highest distinction as an exemplary Local Education Foundation. Ken has supported high school students in their career exploration and is currently a mentor, providing a student the guidance in setting and achieving goals.
At the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, volunteer attorneys and MU law students serve the Milwaukee community by providing brief, pro bono legal advice and referral services to individuals in need, while simultaneously providing students with the opportunity to serve the community, enhance their learning, observe practicing attorneys, and be mentored by attorneys. Ken enjoys not only providing pro bono legal representation but acting as a mentor to students and younger attorneys, teaching them how to effectively represent those who need help but cannot afford it. The MVLC site also featured a spotlight interview with Ken, which can be found here.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee is a Catholic high school for young women and men of all faiths and limited financial means. CRJHS integrates rigorous academics, professional work experiences and spiritual development to empower graduates to succeed in college and life. In partnership with the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, the national Cristo Rey Network and the Milwaukee business community, CRJHS embraces families of limited financial means and promotes religious, racial and ethnic diversity. It nurtures its students to be men and women in service to, and with, others through academic achievement, business experience, faith formation and civic leadership. Ken and his wife have been part of CRJHS since its very beginning; Ken has served as a student mentor/coach and continues to help on special projects.