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Joe was raised in Wetmore, Kansas and graduated from Wetmore High School as co-valedictorian, in 1978. Joe attended Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he graduated in 3 years with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Communications. While at Benedictine, Joe served as co-editor of the student paper, The Circuit. During that time Joe served on the Executive Board of the Kansas Young Democrats. Eventually, Joe served 2 terms as President of the YD’s. Joe also served one term as a member of the Democratic State Committee. While attending Washburn Law School, Joe also served as a Special Assistant to Democratic State Chairman, Bob Tilton. He then served as a law clerk for the Hawver & Irigonegaray law firm in Topeka. Joe completed his degree at Washburn Law in 2 years at the age of 23. Joe was admitted to the Kansas Bar and began the practice of law as a founding member of The Law Firm or Tenopir, Huerter & Heckler, which later became The Law Firm of Tenopir & Huerter.
Joe is a trial lawyer. He brings his litigation skills to a variety of matters, including the representation of people injured in automobile and motorcycle accidents as well as other types of injury cases. Joe has also spent a great deal of his practice assisting people in divorce, custody and other areas of family law. For over 7 years, Joe served on the Shawnee County guardian ad litem panel, handling Child In Need of Care and juvenile offender cases. He often represents grandparents, foster parents and others who are concerned with the safety and welfare of abused or neglected kids. Joe has served several terms as chair of the family law section of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association now the Kansas Association for Justice, and has organized their annual family law continuing education program, in addition to teaching legal continuing education for other organizations
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