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Kenneth M. Hoyt

Kenneth M. Hoyt

United States District Court for the South District of Texas Houston, Texas

Born: San Augustine County, Texas-March 2, 1948.

Education:Texas Southern University (A.B. 1969); Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D. 1972), where he served on the Law Review. Judge Hoyt was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on April 1, 1988. Judge Hoyt was appointed by President Reagan.

Kenneth Hoyt was raised in a rural community in Texas. He and his two siblings were raised by their parents in a loving and supportive environment. The family had very little money and few material possessions. Nevertheless, Judge Hoyt's parents worked hard to provide for their family despite their circumstances. Unfortunately, they were not aided in their efforts by the American civil justice system: Judge Hoyt's father was a disabled American Veteran who was repeatedly denied the service connected disabled status which would have provided the family with basic veteran benefits. Judge Hoyt's decision to become a lawyer was influenced by a desire to help those, like his father, whose problems were ignored, or inadequately addressed by the justice system.

Judge Hoyt began his professional career in the general practice of law at the firm of Wickliff, King, Hoyt & Jones in Houston, Texas. He practiced civil and criminal law in the Texas state and federal courts for over twelve years. Additionally, he served as City Attorney for Kendleton, Texas and Prairie View, Texas.

In 1981, Governor Bill Clements appointed Judge Hoyt to preside over the 125th Civil District Court of Texas. In 1984, Judge Hoyt sought and won the higher office of a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas by President Reagan in 1988.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Judge Hoyt has served on numerous state and local bar committees and he has participated as a faculty member for local law schools in trial and appellate advocacy programs.

Judge Hoyt's experiences as a judge have met and in many ways have exceeded his expectations. He believes that this positive result stems from his own personal commitment to the administration of justice:

Certainly the fact that I grew up in a rural community and suffered the humiliation of poverty gives me a clearer vision of what justice should be. Beyond my education, life's experiences have been challenging and rewarding and have shaped me.

I encourage persons who aspire to be lawyers to seek the moral high ground in all their dealings. It seems to me that the ends of justice are seldom served when the people who administer justice are merchants of chaos. I encourage law students to develop a value system not based on money and to let that system be the driving force in their lives.

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