Why do you do what you do?
In terms of community involvement, I have been working with the Pike Township Zoning Commission for a couple of years now. My family has lived in the Pike Township area a long time (in fact, I live in a house that has been in my family for well over 100 years).
In general, I try to volunteer my time where I am passionate, and lately, that has taken me to yStark! and my alma mater, Central Catholic.
I really could not overstate the impact that my Central education had on preparing me for my future, so to have the opportunity to give back to Central with my time is a small way of trying to repay that investment in me.
In January, I finished a two-year stint as the chairman of yStark. While the time commitment was at times significant, I feel that the work yStark is doing is fundamental to the future of Stark County.
While I enjoy the intellectual challenge in my work (at Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh), probably the best things I get out of it are the relationships I have been afforded with my colleagues and many of the clients I deal with regularly, getting to know them outside of the grind of working on the next project. I feel very fortunate to get to do that here in the community I grew up in.
What is on your bucket list?
I haven’t actually put together a formal bucket list, but I would like to visit China and Ireland and, like every Cleveland sports fan, see the Browns win the Superbowl and the Indians win the World Series.
What is on your mind?
My wife and I recently welcomed our first child into the world, our son, Simon, and I find that now I am constantly thinking about him, about what the future holds for him and where his life will take him.
ABOUT ROBERT J. MURPHY
WHAT: Partner, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh law firm
EDUCATION: Central Catholic High School; Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts in political science; Case Western Reserve University, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude
COMMUNITY BOARDS: Vice chairman, Pike Township Zoning Commission; president, Central Catholic Alumni Association; immediate past chairman, yStark!