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Alumni Spotlight: Melissa (Byrne) Murray
Melissa Murray

Brookfield East Class of 1985

The honorable Melissa "Missy" Murray is a proud East grad and active community member that has been serving as Municipal Judge for the Village of Pewaukee since 2005.

Missy came to the School District of Elmbrook in 1981 to attend Burleigh Junior High for ninth grade before moving on to Brookfield East the following fall. While at BEHS, Murray was involved in volleyball, basketball, track and softball. She participated in two State basketball tournaments in 1983 and 1984, and was a member of NHS, Mr. Stern's Principal's Cabinet, and Key Club - serving as the first female President of the organization.

"BEHS prepared me so well for college, law school and beyond," reflected Murray. "They challenged me academically, and the emphasis on mastering reading, writing, and mathematics has served me well throughout my life. Not only do I appreciate the wonderful extra-curricular activities I participated in, but the friendships I made at East have lasted a lifetime."

Missy was thankful for a number of her educators, highlighting Bill Clayton, her Key Club advisor and friend; Jerry Stern, her Principal that fostered school spirit and pride; Floyd Sorenson, the athletic director that supported all her extracurricular activites; and Lindy Kemp, her gym teacher and basketball coach, who challenged the team to be excellent athletes and confident young women.

Following her 1985 graduation from Brookfield East, Missy went on to attend Marquette University where she majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. While at Marquette, she continued her basketball career, was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, and worked part time at a downtown Milwaukee law firm - Friebert, Finerty and St. John, S.C. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1989 and continued on to the University of Notre Dame Law School. While at Notre Dame, she volunteered on campus, participated in intramurals, and worked as a law clerk in addition to pursuing her rigorous legal education. In 1992, Murray graduated with honors and received her Juris Doctor degree in law.

After Notre Dame, she worked as an attorney with Milwaukee criminal defense attorney, Tom Halloran, for a short time, and then transitioned to working for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she spent five years as their Director of Client Services. Missy then worked at M&I Trust Company for several years before opting to stay home to raise her children. In 2005, she was elected as the Municipal Judge for the Village of Pewaukee where she continues to serve today.

Today, Missy is happily married to John Murray and they have raised three children together: Megan (23), Sam (21), and Gabe (20). She is currently the President of the Board of Positively Pewaukee and Board President of the Pewaukee Public Library Foundation. She is also an active member of St Anthony on the Lake Parish, and she continues to volunteer for the Pewaukee Public Schools and a number of local booster clubs. She loves spending her free time with family and friends, travelling, reading, exercising, playing golf, and she is currently learning how to ballroom dance with her husband.


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