Second Court of Appeals
Justice Bill Meier grew up in Waco, Texas, and graduated from University High School in 1958. Afterwards he attended Tarleton State College on a basketball scholarship and received a two-year associate degree in science. Justice Meier moved to Austin, Texas, in 1961 to attend the University of Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1966. Justice Meier started practicing law in Dallas, Texas, then moved to Tarrant County in 1969. He was an active solo practitioner for the last twenty-two years of his private practice until his election to the Second Court of Appeals in 2008.
Justice Meier started his practice with the Dallas Legal Services Organization as a public defender for the indigent accused of crime. His career gravitated to the civil law practice when he moved to Fort Worth in 1969. Justice Meier practiced as a business lawyer with an office practice in the fields of banking, real estate, corporate, and trial practice.
Justice Meier represented Tarrant County as a Texas State Senator from 1973 through 1983. In 1979, Senator Meier was elected President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate by his peers and served as Governor on numerous occasions when Governor Clements and Lieutenant Governor Hobby where absent from the State. As Senator, he was an active leader. He established the world record for a filibuster—speaking continuously for forty-three hours—advocating open records at State agencies.
He was Senate sponsor and Conference Committee Chairman of legislation that reinstated the death penalty in Texas in 1973. He sponsored the legislation that set up the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission to review the current need for State agencies and recommend their abolishment, modification, or continued existence. Senator Meier also served as the first chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission.
In 1979, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors for sponsoring and securing the passage of the new State Bar Act continuing the existence of the State Bar of Texas for ten years. Justice Meier was the Republican Party nominee for the office of Attorney General of Texas in 1982.
Justice Meier won election to Place 2 on the Second Court of Appeals in March 2008 in the first three-candidate Republican Party Primary race for the Second Court of Appeals. He was unopposed in the November General Election.
- Cameron Davis
- Johannes Walker
- T. Jeanne Cloward