Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dupree victorious in Wyandotte County judge's race

By NICK SLOAN, nick@kansascitykansan.com

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----  Timothy Dupree was the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

Now, he'll be the first member of his family to serve as a Wyandotte County District Court Judge.

Barring a major write-in campaign, Dupree's victory in the Wyandotte County District Court Judge Division 11 Democratic primary will serve as the defacto general election victory since there's no Republican candidate.

Unofficial results indicated that Dupree won 39.5 percent of the vote, edging out Courtney Mikesic and Jim Yoakum.

Mikesic won 35 percent of the vote, while Yoakum finished with 25.5 percent.

Dupree graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1994. He later graduated from KCKCC in 1999 and earned a degree from the University of Kansas.

In 2003, he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Washburn University's School of Law.

More information about Dupree, courtesy of his Website:
Timothy L. Dupree was born and raised in Wyandotte County, KS, the fifth of six children, to Alvin and Linda Dupree. He is a 1994 graduate of Wyandotte High School. He graduated from Kansas City, Kansas Community College in 1999. He attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS where he graduated in 2001 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies, while participating in the Honor’s Program. He furthered his education at Washburn University School of Law, Topeka KS earning a Juris Doctor degree with a certificate in Family Law in 2003.

While attending Washburn School of Law, Timothy served as President of the Black Law Student Association and as Student Ambassador for the Department of Law School Admissions. He also received training to become certified as an Approved Mediator.

In 2004, he was licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas and the Kansas U.S. District Court. Next, he accepted a position with the Lyon County Attorney’s Office (Emporia), as an Assistant County Attorney.

As a prosecutor, Timothy represented the State of Kansas in a variety of cases, including: felony narcotics crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, DUI cases, Child In Need of Care cases, and other misdemeanor and lower level crimes. He has filed, briefed, and argued cases before both the Kansas Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court.

Timothy proudly served Lyon County for nearly four years; but remained passionate about pursuing his dream of starting his own law practice. When the time came to do so, he could not imagine a better place than Wyandotte County, KS. So in 2008 he returned to Kansas City, Kansas and founded the Law Office of Timothy L. Dupree, P.A. where he is a General Practice Attorney.

Timothy has extensive trial experience as both a prosecutor and private practice attorney. As a private attorney, Timothy has represented defendants in both criminal and civil cases. He has represented plaintiffs in civil cases and has represented parents and juveniles in juvenile court. He has conducted jury trials ranging from First Degree Premeditated Murder to Driving Under the Influence.

Timothy is also aware of some defendant’s limited ability to pay. Since Timothy started his private practice, he has represented hundreds of indigent Wyandotte County citizens at less than half his normal billing rate.

Over the past couple years, as a Wyandotte County District Court Judge Pro-Tempore, Timothy has presided over several criminal, civil and juvenile cases.

Outside the courtroom, Timothy has accepted invitations to speak before audiences at The University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Kansas City, Kansas Community College, and several local schools, churches and community groups.