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Louis Dugas

Louis Dugas, American lawyer. Bar: Texas 1960, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1972, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1984, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967.


  • Dugas, Louis was born on December 12, 1928 in Beaumont, Texas, United States. Son of Louis and Loney (Duron) Dugas.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts, Lamar Junior College, 1950. Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance, University Texas, 1956. Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1960.


    • Private practice, from 1960. Member Texas House of Representatives, 1954-1960. Justice of the peace, Orange County, Texas, 1963.

      Special counsel District of Columbia committee United States House of Representatives, 1967. District and county attorney, Orange County, 1968-1972. Former teacher Texas history and government, Lamar University.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1960, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1972, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1984, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1967.


    • Former columnist The Opportunity Valley News. Columnist Orange County Record, since 1993.


    Regent National Criminal Defense College, Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia. Explorer leader Boy Scouts American, 1963. Commander American Legion Post, 1967.

    Member Board Adjustments, City of Orange, 1967. Founder "Les Acadiens du Texas". President Orange County History Society, 1974-1976.

    Active Orange Art League. Board directors Orange Community Players, 1977-1982. Teacher Cajun French Orange City Parks and Recreation Department, 1980-1981.

    Nominee Republican Party for 2d Congressional District, Texas, 1984. President Lamar University Friends of Arts, 1985-1986. Member administrative board 1st United Methodist Church, Orange, 1983, 84, 85, also trustee.

    President Southeast Texas Veterans Coalition, since 1999. Sergeant United States Marine Corps, 1950-1952, Korea. Member Texas Bar Association (secretary criminal law section 1969, 72), Orange County Bar Association (president 1979), National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (board directors 1982-1988), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (board directors 1976-1988, president 1985-1986, contributor to public The Voice), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Institute (president 1986), Texas Association Board Certified Specialists in Criminal Law (president 1983), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers (secretary-treasurer 1981), National Academy Elder Law Attorneys, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gulf Coast Leathernecks (founder 1995), Optimists Club, Phi Alpha Delta.



    Historical research, bird watching, photography, conchology, writing.


    • Married Frances Elizabeth Tuley, February 3, 1956. Children: Mary Hester Dugas Koch, Kerry Beth Dugas Davidson, Louis Claiborne, Evin Garner, Reagan Taylor.
    • father: Louis Dugas
    • mother: Loney (Duron) Dugas
    • spouse: Frances Elizabeth Tuley
    • children: Mary Hester Dugas Koch Dugas
    • Kerry Beth Dugas Davidson Dugas
    • Louis Claiborne Dugas
    • Evin Garner Dugas
    • Reagan Taylor Dugas
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    Born December 12, 1928
    Died December 15, 2005
    (aged 77)