Kevin Dubose has been a recognized leader in the Texas appellate bar since he shifted from an active litigation practice to an appellate specialty in 1985. He was part of the first class of Texas lawyers to become board certified in appellate law when that certification was first offered in 1987. He joined the board of directors of the new State Bar Appellate Section in 1989, and became a regular author/speaker in Texas appellate CLE circles starting in 1988.
When the Houston Bar Association started an Appellate Section in the early 90s, Kevin was the second person elected to chair that section. Four years later, Kevin was elected chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section. His proudest accomplishment in that office was the conceptualization, initiation, and execution of a project that culminated in the Standards for Appellate Conduct. When adopted and promulgated by the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1999, this became the first set of ethical standards tailored to appellate practice adopted by any jurisdiction in the United States.
Kevin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a national, by-invitation-only honorary organization of appellate attorneys. He is currently a board member and officer of that organization, on track to serve as President in 2021. For several years he has been listed in the annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the specialty of Appellate Law. He also has been listed in the Texas Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas.
Kevin was selected to author the chapter on Oral Argument in the Texas Appellate Practice Manual (2d ed.), and to write the chapter on "Writing a Persuasive Supreme Court Brief" in the Texas Supreme Court Practice Manual.
Kevin 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 and as an officer of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. In 2012, he was awarded the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, at that time being the third attorney to receive that award.
Kevin is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. He has been married to Glenda Owen, DDS, for almost four decades, and remains close friends with his two grown sons. He is a runner and a cyclist, and is heavily involved in Books for Development, a non-profit that collects, sorts, and ships books, sets up libraries, and trains librarians in developing nations.