Kurt Schmeling was born in Des Moines and spent five years living in New England before his family settled in the Kansas City metro area. He was an honor student at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS before transferring to the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship. In 2006, he graduated with a B.G.S in Liberal Arts, majoring in political science with a minor in sociology.
Kurt returned to Johnson County Community College to enroll in the paralegal program. JCCC’s paralegal program is the only education program in the Kansas City metropolitan area approved by the ABA. He completed his course work in 2009 with a 4.0 GPA. Since then, he has worked as a court clerk intern at the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, KS, one of the venues used by the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. He has also participated as a legal volunteer for Kansas Legal Services, a statewide non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals.
In his free time, Kurt reads up on history and writes screenplays and opinion pieces. On those rare occurrences when he ventures outside, he is usually canoeing or swimming.