Fifth Court of Appeals
Justice Lana Myers has been a Texas judge for twenty-four years. Justice Myers was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in 2009, was elected to retain her seat on the Court in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. At the time of her appointment to the Court, she was Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court and had presided over that trial court for nearly fifteen years.
Justice Myers began her legal career at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney for twelve years. She was a Chief Felony Prosecutor and a veteran of over three hundred jury trials when she resigned her position to run for a district court bench. She practiced criminal defense until she was elected Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in 1994. As Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court, Justice Myers was chosen by her colleagues to serve as Presiding Judge of all the Dallas County criminal district courts for a three-year term and Dallas County Local Administrative District Judge for a two-year term. She received special recognition for her work in initiating and presiding over S.T.A.R. Court, an innovative specialty court designed to reduce recidivism among female offenders charged with felony prostitution.
Justice Myers has served on various committees and boards, including the State Bar of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charge committee, Education Committee for the Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI), Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency, Texas Crime Victims Institute Advisory Council, Dallas County Juvenile Board, and Volunteer Center of Dallas County Board of Directors. Justice Myers is a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and served for many years as chair and co-chair of its Mock Trial Committee. Justice Myers serves on the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee. She is a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court and serves as the Inn’s president and a member of its executive committee.
Justice Myers earned her B.F.A. from Baylor University magna cum laude in 1976. She taught art in Arlington I.S.D. for two years before attending law school. She received her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1981.