Kirk grew up in metro Louisville and attended Oldham County public schools from kindergarten to senior high, where he first got his taste for law as a member of North Oldham High School’s highly successful Debate Team.
Following his graduation from high school in 2006, Kirk attended the University of Louisville, where he studied History and Political Science. While in college, Kirk was active in the UofL Moot Court Team, the McConnell Scholars programs, Student Government, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He spent a summer studying abroad at Renmin University in Beijing, China and teaching at an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He also worked part-time as a file clerk at the Poppe Law Firm, unaware of the future he would have with the firm
After his graduation from UofL in 2010, Kirk pulled a “Benedict Arnold” and attended the University of Kentucky College of Law. At UK Law, he was heavily involved in the National Moot Court Team, participating in and winning awards at various competitions, including being ranked first place at the National Energy Law Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Kirk was involved in various student groups, including the Federalist Society, the American Constitutional Society, and the UK Law New Building Campaign. Despite his three years at UK in Lexington, his Cardinal red never faded.
While in law school, Kirk clerked for Kentucky’s Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court, including Henry, Oldham, and Trimble Counties, where he learned first-hand the ins and outs of the justice system. Kirk came back to clerk for the Poppe Law Firm in the Summer of 2012 and again in 2013, when he studied for the Kentucky Bar Exam. After passing the Kentucky Bar in October 2013, Kirk was invited to join the Poppe Law Firm as an associate attorney.