Fifth Court of Appeals

Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers 
Photo of Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers

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Justice Lang-Miers began her legal career as law clerk to the Honorable James A. Finch, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She spent 28 years at the firm named Locke Lord, focusing on commercial civil litigation and employment law, before she was appointed in 2003 as a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas. She serves as a member of the Multidistrict Litigation Panel for the State of Texas.

Justice Lang-Miers has been a very active in legal associations, including the Dallas Bar Association, serving as President; the State Bar of Texas, serving as a director, a member of the executive committee, and Chair of the Judicial Section; the American Bar Association, serving as a member of the House of Delegates and Chair of the Appellant Judges' Conference; the Appellant Judges' Education Institute (AJEI), as Chair; and the Texas Center for the Judiciary, serving as an officer and a director. She also served as Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation, as a Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, as an active member of the American Bar Foundation, and as a board member of The Texas Access to Justice Commission. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the William Mac Taylor 112th American Inn of Court, and the Dallas Association of Women Lawyers.

Justice Lang-Miers has devoted her time and effort to support the Center for American and International Law, the Dallas Assembly, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dallas, The Dallas Foundation, and Attorneys Serving the Community.

She is the recipient of the SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Honorary Alumna Award, the "We Have Lift Off" Award from the Appellant Section of the Dallas Bar Association, the Chair's Award of Excellence from the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Judge Sam Williams Leadership Award from the State Bar of Texas, the Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of North Texas, the Louise Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers' Association, and two Presidential Citations from the State Bar of Texas.

Justice Lang-Miers received both her B.A. in History and her J.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Missouri Law Review and the Board of Governors. She is licensed to practice in both Missouri and Texas.