Scoptur, Paul J. (1953 to 2018). We all have a story, and here is Paul's. Paul was a Tosa boy. He began Tosa life on 84th Street with adoptive Greek parents James and Mary. He went to McKinley, Longfellow and Tosa East. He spent a good part of his life at his home-away-from-home, the Tosa playgrounds. Twenty-three years ago, Paul traveled west on North Avenue and put down roots on 100th Street. Paul was an athlete. For more than 40 years, Paul was fortunate to learn and play a variety of team sports. He enjoyed the challenge of competition, the camaraderie of team play, and the intricacies of the mental side of the game. Along the way, he discovered an equal enjoyment in passing on what he learned to the next generation of athletes. As a high school, college and law school student, he worked for the Tosa Rec Dept. as a playground director for 10 years. Paul was a lifeguard, baseball umpire, basketball, football and soccer referee, and a coach for YMCA T-Ball, Tosa Rec Mighty Mites and Youth Basketball, Wauwatosa Kickers soccer, AAU basketball and Christ King grade school and CYM basketball. Paul's personal claim to fame: in all the years of coaching basketball, he never got a technical foul. (Though he may have come close a few times when it came to protecting his children on the court.) His biggest regret: he wished he could've still dunked a basketball. Paul was committed to his profession. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University Law School. For 30 years, Paul was a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs. But his advocacy went above and beyond trial practice. He continued to learn and contribute to his profession. He was on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and was a trustee and past co-chair of the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees. Paul was one of the Best Lawyers In America and one of Wisconsin's top 50 Super Lawyers. He was a Diplomate of the NCA and was one of the first lawyers to complete the Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy curriculum. Paul was also a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. As with athletics, he discovered an equal enjoyment in passing on what he learned to students of the law as well as practicing attorneys. Paul served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. He also became a frequent lecturer to practicing lawyers around the U.S. and Canada. His teaching even spilled over to writing and co-authoring two books, "Advanced Depositions Skills" and "Focus Groups: Hitting the Bull's Eye." His most unusual legal accomplishment was being awarded honorary Newfoundland citizenship by the Canadian trial lawyers through a "Screech-in" ceremony. He kissed the cod like he belonged there. But, first and foremost, Paul was a family man. Paul met his wife Christina in law school and won her over with a necklace made of paperclips. They married four years later and celebrated their 36th anniversary last November. The arrival of his four children, James, Katherine, Mark and Alexandra, were the marvels of his life. He fully embraced parenthood, from changing diapers, bath duty and doctor visits to carpooling, homework, teacher conferences and the occasional "dad" joke and Rocky and Bullwinkle impression. And like athletics and his career, Paul just enjoyed passing on what he has learned in life to his children, whether it was words of wisdom from Homer Simpson, reflecting on a life experience of his own or helping them see their situation in a new light after extensive questioning (he couldn't forgo a chance to depose his own children!). And finally, Paul found joy and amazement in his grandchildren Evelyn, Charlotte, Madeline, Owen and Benjamin, and was thrilled to introduce them to the deliciousness of freezer treats, now known in our household as "Boppa" treats. Paul is survived by his wife Christina (nee Engel), children James (Carolyn), Katherine Lawton (Edward), Mark and Alexandra, and grandchildren Evelyn, Charlotte and Owen Scoptur and Madeline, Benjamin and almost Baby Girl Lawton. He is also survived by a HUGE number of wonderful and rambunctious family and friends. (You know who you are.) Memorials may be made to the Scoptur Family Woman of Character Scholarship Fund at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, 4257 North 100th Street, Milwaukee WI 53222. Paul, a grateful scholarship recipient in his youth, felt strongly about supporting proactive and dynamic students who are enthusiastic learners, bold explorers, courageous achievers and community builders. Family and friends are invited to greet Paul's family and share stories at an open house celebration on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For details, visit the funeral home website. As Paul would say, "Time to go!"
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jun. 6, 2018.