He also earned a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law in 1981, where he was associate editor of the Baylor Law Review.He later served as president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.
He assumed his position as Dean in mid-year 2013 after retiring from the federal district bench. Prior to taking Senior Status, he served in the El Paso, Midland, and San Antonio Divisions of the Western District of Texas. Following a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Lubbock as law clerk to the Honorable Halbert O. Before taking the bench, he was a practicing lawyer for twenty-four years with the Kemp Smith firm in El Paso, Texas.Prior to taking the bench in 2011, Judge Gilstrap was a partner at the law firm of Smith & Gilstrap in Marshall, Texas, since 1984, where his practice covered a wide range of issues, including oil and gas, real estate, and probate law.From 1989 until 2002, Gilstrap also served as County Judge in Harrison County, Texas.During his time on the bench, in addition to his ongoing district court obligations, he was a panel judge on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, President of the Federal Judges Association, and a member of the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Kinkeade, Judge Kinkeade’s father pastored Irving’s First Baptist Church for 32 years.He has also served as chair of the Judicial Resources Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Kinkeade earned his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Baylor University.