Judge Kaup received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 1973, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1976.
Judge Kaup was appointed as a District Court Judge in October, 2001. Before his appointment, Judge Kaup had a private practice in the North Park area (Walden) for 23 years. His practice included general civil, probate and domestic matters, water law and part-time appointments as a deputy district attorney, county attorney and town attorney.
Judge Kaup was elected and served on the North Park Board of Education from 1981 to 1999, including 15 years in the Colorado Association of School Boards. He is and was involved in community activities, particularly youth related activities, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, youth sports and explaining our legal system to numerous high school and college classes.