Fifth Court of Appeals

Justice Douglas Lang 
Photo of Justice Douglas Lang

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Since October 24, 2002, Justice Lang has served as one of 13 Justices on the Court of Appeals, 5th District of Texas at Dallas. Justice Lang also serves as the sole appellate judge member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, served as a member of the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation from 2003 to 2009, and was specially commissioned by the Governor of Texas to sit on a case at the Texas Supreme Court.

His practice began as a briefing attorney at the Supreme Court of Missouri immediately after his graduation from the University of Missouri School of Law in May, 1972. Prior to law school, he graduated from Drake University in 1969 with a degree in Business Administration. Justice Lang began his Dallas practice in June, 1973 and was a partner in the firm of Gardere Wynne Sewell L.L.P. Licensed in Missouri (1972) and Texas (1973), Justice Lang concentrated in the area of complicated business litigation, trying law suits in state and federal courts.
Justice Lang and his wife of 40 years, Martha, have three sons.

Justice Lang has been active in community and bar association activities, serving as President of several associations including the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers in 1977, the Dallas Bar Association in 1991, the Texas Association of Bank Counsel in 1996-97, the Wm. AMac@ Taylor Inn of Court in 1999, the National Conference of Bar Presidents in 2004-05, and the Drake University National Alumni Association from 2002-04. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas which recognized him as Outstanding Third Year Director. Also, he has served as Chair of several entities including the Dallas Bar Foundation, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and Legal Services of North Texas, Inc. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Drake University, and Secretary of the American Inns of Court Foundation. His civic activities have included service as a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, member of the board of governors of The Dallas Foundation, and Boy Scout troop leader.

Justice Lang has frequently spoken at seminars and bar association gatherings across the country. He has published papers on legal issues and professionalism topics. In July 2007, and again in 2009, the Dallas Bar Foundation published his book, Deeds, Not Words, which is a compilation of stories of how mentors shaped the professionalism and values of well-known lawyers and judges. Also, Lang wrote an article on the topic of the how law professor must influence professionalism in teaching law student, published in the South Texas Law Review. 42 s. tx. l. rev. 509. Recently, Lang has written a series of articles entitled, Mandamus Decisions of the Texas Supreme Court, published in the Southern Methodist University Law Review. 64 SMU L. Rev. 393 (2011); 66 SMU L. Rev. 1155 (2013). He is a member of the American Law Institute.

In 1992 Justice Lang was honored by his undergraduate university, Drake University, with an Alumni Achievement Award and again in 1993 with the university's Double D Award, an award which recognizes successful former athletic letter winners. In 1981, he was named Outstanding Young Lawyer in Dallas, in 1991 he received the Outstanding Service Award of Legal Services of North Texas, Inc. (now Legal Aid of North west Texas, Inc.), and in 1999, the President's Citation from the State Bar of Texas was conferred upon him for his service to the Bar. In June 2007, he was named by the Texas Bar Foundation the recipient of the Lola Wright Foundation Award for outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas. In November 2007, Lang was honored with the 2007 Dallas Bar Association and Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism's Morris Harrell Professionalism Award. In 2008, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers made Lang its "Outstanding Mentor Award" recipient. The Dallas Bar Foundation conferred its 2010 Fellows Award upon Lang for service to the community and the legal profession and Lang was named the recipient of the State Bar of Texas 2010 President's Award for outstanding contributions to the legal profession. The William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court named Lang recipient of its 2011 Serjeant of the Inn Award. On September 15, 2012, Justice Lang received the Citation of Merit from the University Of Missouri School Of Law.