editors have recognized Locke Lord Litigation and Public Policy Partner Harriet Miers
, who served as former Counsel to the President of the United States, as a legendary Texas business lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal profession in a special section titled “Lions of the Texas Bar.”
The “Lions” feature package – published in early October and produced in collaboration with The Dallas Morning News – profiled Miers in one of a series of articles designed to honor some of the state’s most respected lawyers. Age 65 or older, the Lions have inspired generations of lawyers and have handled the most significant and high profile legal matters that shape society today, Texas Lawbook editors said in an introduction to the package.
In its feature on Miers, Texas Lawbook noted that from 2001-2007 she left Locke Lord to serve in the administration of President George W. Bush as Staff Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the President. For her work as Counsel to the President, Miers was the recipient of the Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award for her "dedicated service to justice, the President and the United States of America." The Central Intelligence Agency also presented Miers with the Agency Seal Medal, an award given by the CIA to people outside the Agency who have made significant contributions to the work of the Agency.
Miers was the first woman hired at Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely in Dallas in 1972; became the first woman to lead the Firm, then known as Locke Purnell Rain Harrell, when she was elected Firm President in 1996; and in 1999, when Locke Purnell merged with Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon, Miers became Co-Managing Partner, a position she held until she left to join the Bush Administration. She returned to Locke Lord in 2007.
“Lawyers especially have an obligation to give back to society, to defend the rule of law, to work to improve our legal system, and to take steps to ensure that all of our citizens, including the most vulnerable among us, have access to the justice system,” Miers told Texas Lawbook editors.
Miers has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership and public service, including the Sandra Day O'Connor award from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism and the Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement from the SMU Dedman School of Law.
The complete Texas Lawbook feature on Harriet Miers is available here.