Qualified Candidate for the Position
- Associate Judge, Fort Bend County Courts at Law, 1999–present
- Former Municipal Court Judge
- Former member, State Bar of Texas State Judiciary Relations Committee
- Special Master
- Licensed attorney since 1983
- Former United States Congressional legislative intern
About Judge Kennedy
Like many of us living in Texas, Judge Kennedy was not born here, but he got here as fast as he could.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, his father served in the military and his mother was a Head Start teacher. Judge Kennedy grew up on military bases across the United States and Asia. He lived in countries such as Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines.
Settling with his family in upstate New York, Judge Kennedy was a member of a Jack and Jill club. He attended the Storm King School, a college preparatory, where he would later return to serve on its Board of Trustees and is currently a trustee emeritus. Judge Kennedy graduated from Dartmouth College, earning his baccalaureate in 1977. While at Dartmouth, Judge Kennedy was active in student government, served as managing editor of the Black Praxis (an African American student newspaper), played intercollegiate lacrosse, and joined the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He also served as a legislative intern to then United States Congressman and future United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young of Atlanta, Georgia. It was during this time that Judge Kennedy decided to pursue a career in law.
After college Judge Kennedy worked as an FM radio disc jockey, a chemical operator at IBM and as a public relations director for the New York State Parks System. He later applied to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he was named a Graduate and Professional Opportunities Scholar and won the American Jurisprudence Award for the study of contract law. He also had the opportunity to serve as Chief Justice of the law school’s Honor Court.
Having married during law school and begun a family, Judge Kennedy altered his original plans to return to New York and instead started a private practice with his then wife in Houston. He subsequently moved to Richmond and opened a solo practice in Rosenberg where he focused on the areas of criminal, juvenile, civil, and probate law.
Judge Kennedy was appointed as the first Associate Judge of the County Courts at Law of Fort Bend County, Texas in 1999 and is the first African American to hold a judicial position with countywide jurisdiction since Reconstruction. As an associate judge, he has handled tens of thousands of cases and reduced the backlog in all of the County Courts at Law. He is a former two-time president and three time treasurer of the Fort Bend County Bar Association. In addition, he is a former member of the State Judiciary Relations Committee and of the Local Bar Services Committee, both standing committees of the State Bar of Texas.
Judge Kennedy has always been a believer in giving back to the community and he has focused his energies in that pursuit on the youth. Among other things, Judge Kennedy has served on the board of management of the T. W. Davis YMCA, is a director of the Houston Children’s Festival, life member of the Fort Bend County Fair, is a lifetime member of the Optimists Club, and is a lifetime committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Judge Kennedy also instituted and coached the Mock Trial team from Willowridge High School to a semi-final placement in the statewide competition.
Judge Kennedy’s hobbies include golf, fishing, travel, volunteer work and film. He is a tithing member of and regularly attends Windsor Village United Methodist Church. He is the very proud father of one daughter, Jamie, also a graduate of Dartmouth College. Jamie is an algebra teacher who at B.F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas. Judge Kennedy resides in Pleak, Texas.