Kenneth V. Hallett, Partner

Community Involvement

Beyond his work at the firm, Ken continues to serve the community in a number of ways.

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 features a spotlight interview with Ken, which can be found here.

Ken and his wife are deeply committed to education, and especially to institutions that provide superior educational opportunities for disadvantaged or at-risk youth.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee is one of those institutions. CRJHS, a Catholic high school for young women and men of all faiths and limited financial means, 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 continues to serve as a student mentor/coach and helps on special projects.

Notre Dame Middle School is another institution at which Ken has been active. This Catholic school for young women is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Following in the Christian tradition, NDMS fosters respect, responsibility, and sharing of personal talents while preparing students for admittance to a college preparatory high school. In a bi-literate (English and Spanish) setting, with emphasis on leadership skills, critical thinking, and social justice, young women are empowered to make positive contributions to society. Ken serves as a student (and parent) mentor, advises on governance matters, and lends a hand in other ways.