Kenneth Dious is the founding partner of Kenneth Dious & Associates in Athens, Georgia. Ken was born and raised locally in Athens, Georgia and attended Athens-Clarke County public schools. Ken has spent his professional and personal career dedicated to politics and empowering individuals in the community. As a practicing attorney, he has provided legal services to the citizens of Northeast Georgia for over forty years, particularly in the area of human rights litigation, racial and gender discrimination.
Upon graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law, Ken was the recipient of the prestigious Earl Warren Fellowship Award from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York City. During this time Ken began fulfilling his life long passion advocating for human and civil rights cases nationally in Federal appellate courts. In 1974, Ken returned to his hometown of Athens, Georgia and opened a law office as a sole practitioner, becoming the first African American lawyer to practice law in Northeast Georgia. Over the course of his 40 year law career, Ken’s practice has grown into Kenneth Dious & Associates with several practicing attorneys working under his experience and tutelage.
Ken’s political and legal activities encompass many prestigious placements, including past member of the Board of Directors to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants, Board member of the Georgia Supreme Court Commission for Equality, Member of the Special Committee for Women and Minority in the Legal Profession and State Bar of Georgia.
Ken is also the author of the publication of Rules, Rights & Responsibilities in Georgia Schools. Consistent with his commitment to a balanced Georgia and non-partisan politics, Ken is the author of several political articles, including “ Should Athens-Clarke County Elections be Non-partisan”, Athens-Banner Herald, Apr. 16, 1995, 1D. He has actively participated in campaigns for candidates of for the president of the United States, Governor, Senator of Georgia, several State representatives, and local elections. In 2008, Ken was elected an Obama Delegate from the Tenth District to the National Democratic Convention held in Denver, Colorado.
As a respected member of the local community, Ken is often called upon to lead and participate in civic and non-profit organizations throughout Northeast Georgia. For a period of 25 years, Ken served on the board of the Athens Housing Authority, notably serving a term as Chairman of the Board. Ken also served on the boards of Athens Council on Aging, Athens Neighborhood Heath Center, Athens Business League Council, Bethel Homes Community Development and Multiple Choices for Independent Living. He has also served on the board of directors of the Friends of the Museum/Georgia Museum of Arts. Presently, Ken serves on the Board of Directors of the Whitaker-Taylor Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ken is continually recognized by a host of organizations; receiving awards from the Georgia Legal Services & State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project, the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the, John T. Hurley Distinguished Serve Award. His civic memberships are vast, including memberships in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame. Ken holds the distinction of being the was the first African-American student at University of Georgia to integrate the football team and wear a Bulldog uniform.
Ken has been married to his wife, Annette Ellington Dious, for thirty-one years. The Dious’ have one son, Kevin Marcel Dious, who holds a law degree and is employed as a software engineer.