The Honorable Ed Kinkeade, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas and a Baylor Law alumnus, was recognized as Jurist of the Year by the Texas regional chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the group's annual meeting in Fort Worth on Oct. 16. Steve Harrison, a Waco lawyer and president of the Waco ABOTA chapter, introduced Kinkeade and presented him with the Jurist of the Year plaque.
"I could go on about his temperament, character, intellect and style - Judge Kinkeade exudes a warmth and magnetism that make him the antithesis of the stereotypical image of a federal judge - stern, removed, lacking humor," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "Ed to the contrary is a magnet in any room, makes everyone feel special as a person and has a disarming humor that leaves everyone amused even in difficult circumstances. But I prefer to sum it up in a different way. He does it all. He never fails to impress - and make an indelible impact upon - all whom he meets, professionally and personally."
Baylor Law Professor Gerald Powell concurred. "Judge Kinkeade is one of the very finest judges that I have had the privilege of knowing. He is smart, fair and even-handed. He has the perfect judicial temperament," said Powell, who serves as the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence.
Kinkeade earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor in 1973 and his law degree in 1974. He earned a master of laws degree from the University of Virginia.
He was in private practice as an attorney from 1974 to 1980, first with the firm of Dennis G. Brewer, Inc., and then he became a partner at the firm of Power and Kinkeade in Irving. In 1981, he left private practice at the age of 29 when he was elected judge of County Criminal Court No. 10 in Dallas. Eight months later, he was appointed judge of the 194th Judicial District Court. After seven years on the district bench, Kinkeade was appointed to the Court of Appeals, Fifth District, in 1988 by then-Texas Gov. William P. Clements. He was appointed to the federal bench of the Northern District of Texas in 2002 by President George W. Bush.
An adjunct professor of law, Kinkeade has taught Professional Responsibility at Baylor Law School. He also teaches legal ethics at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. He has coauthored two books, Kinkeade & McCollochs Texas Penal Code Annotated and A Practical Guide to Texas Evidence: Objections, Responses, Rules and Practice Commentary, and numerous law review articles. In 2004, Texas Wesleyan University awarded Judge Kinkeade an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and that same year Dallas Baptist University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
In addition to his law career, Kinkeade is active in his community, having served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Baylor Medical Health Care System. He also served on the Baylor Medical Center at Irving board of trustees, the Dallas Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Alcoholism, the Baylor University Alumni Association, the Dallas Volunteer Center, the board of the Downtown YMCA, and as a charter member of the Board of Irving Schools Foundation.
He is a charter member of the Fellowship Church, which his family and other individuals started in 1989 as a mission of Irving's First Baptist Church. Fellowship Church now has five locations and an attendance near 22,000 each weekend.
His wife, Melissa, have two children - Mandy, a Baylor University graduate, and Brad, who received his bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor from Baylor.