University of Texas School of Law
While an undergraduate at Rice University, Kevin Dubose took a creative writing course from a professor who was a published short story author. Inspired to emulate his mentor, Kevin told his professor about visions of his own future writing career: English grad school, university professorship, writing fiction on the side. His professor’s response was, “Go to law school.”
That turned out to be good advice. Kevin began his career as a trial lawyer, but after 25 jury trials, he transitioned to appellate law in 1985. He was attracted the more academic and intellectual and less directly adversarial style of appellate law. He was part of the first class of Texas lawyers to become Board Certified in Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization when that certification was offered in 1987. When the Houston Bar Association started an appellate section in the early 90s, Kevin was the second person elected to serve as its chair. Four years later, he was elected chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section.
His analytic mind and ability to communicate clearly and simply about complex subjects serve him well as an appellate practitioner. But what makes it rewarding to Kevin is that he can use his skills to help people resolve their conflicts and improve their lives.
Kevin has also taken a particularly active role in the advancement of legal ethics, professionalism, and civility. He has been a frequent author and speaker in this area and serves on the board (currently as chair-elect) of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. In 2012, he was awarded the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award — the third attorney in the state to receive that award.
State Bar of Texas
Supreme Court of the United States
Fourth, Fifth, and Seventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals
Eastern, Southern, and Western Federal District Courts
Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 2012
Lola Wright Foundation Award (for advancement and enhancement of legal ethics in Texas), Texas Bar Foundation, 2020
Part of the first class of Texas lawyers to become board certified in Civil Appellate Law, 1987
Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (a national by-invitation-only organization), 2006
Listed as a leading appellate lawyer in:
Listed as one of Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters
Author, chapter on Oral Argument in the Texas Appellate Practice Manual (2d ed.)
Author, chapter on “Writing a Persuasive Supreme Court Brief” in the Texas Supreme Court Practice Manual
Frequent CLE author/speaker (several hundred presentations) on legal ethics, legal writing, oral advocacy, various aspects of Texas Civil Procedure, and integrating legal practice into a meaningful.
Adjunct Professor of Legal Research & Writing, Director of Legal Research & Writing, Director of Appellate Advocacy, Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center
Guest lecturer at University of Texas Law School, South Texas College of Law; Thurgood Marshall Law School
Chair, State Bar Appellate Section , 1995-96
Chair, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section, 1991-92
Board member and Chair-Elect of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Board member and Chair-Elect of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics
Books for Development: Board member and active volunteer (since 2015) with this non-profit that collects, sorts, and ships books, sets up libraries, and trains librarians in developing nations
Houston Urban Debate League; Board member (2008-16) of this organization devoted to revitalizing debate programs in underserved inner-city schools.
Main Street Theater: Board member (2008-16) of this highly respected local/regional theater.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church: Active member since 1989, current Chair of Church Council, choir member.