Elizabeth Lang Miers

Elizabeth Lang Miers

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Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lang Miers was a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas at Dallas until December 2018. She is a Partner in Locke Lord LLP's Appellate Practice Group and Director of Attorney Development based in the Dallas office. Prior to being appointed Justice in 2003, she was an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with Locke Lord predecessor firms. While serving as a Justice she was appointed Chair of the five-member State of Texas Multi-District Litigation Panel.

Serving in leadership positions across numerous community and professional organizations, Liz is the Past-Chair of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Past Chair of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, Past Chair of the Judicial Section and a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas. She is a Past President of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) and a Past President of the Mac Taylor Inn of Court. She is a Life Fellow of the American, Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations; a member of the American Law Institute; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Co-Chair of Locke Lord's Women's Initiative Committee.

For 15 years, Elizabeth served as a Justice on the busiest appeals court in Texas, authoring more than 1,800 opinions on civil and criminal appeals from trial courts in Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable James A. Finch, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lang Miers was a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas at Dallas until December 2018. She is a Partner in Locke Lord LLP's Appellate Practice Group and Director of Attorney Development based in the Dallas office. Prior to being appointed Justice in 2003, she was an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with Locke Lord predecessor firms. While serving as a Justice she was appointed Chair of the five-member State of Texas Multi-District Litigation Panel.

Serving in leadership positions across numerous community and professional organizations, Liz is the Past-Chair of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Past Chair of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, Past Chair of the Judicial Section and a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas. She is a Past President of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) and a Past President of the Mac Taylor Inn of Court. She is a Life Fellow of the American,Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations; a member of the American Law Institute; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Co-Chair of Locke Lord's Women's Initiative Committee.

For 15 years, Elizabeth served as a Justice on the busiest appeals court in Texas, authoring more than 1,800 opinions on civil and criminal appeals from trial courts in Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable James A. Finch, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Among her many recognitions and awards, Elizabeth received the Judge Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award, chosen from all state and federal judges in Texas, from the Texas Bar Foundation; the Judge Sam Williams Leadership Award from the State Bar of Texas; the Louise Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers Association; and the Chair’s Award for Excellence from the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

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Education
  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, 1975
    Member, Board of Governors
    American Jurisprudence Awards for Corporations and Criminal Law
    Editorial Board, Missouri Law Review
  • B.A., History, University of Missouri at Columbia, 1972
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
  • Missouri
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations
    • Past-Chair, Judicial Division, American Bar Association
    • Past-Chair, Texas Multi-District Litigation Panel
    • Past President, Dallas Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Appellate Judges Conference, American Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Appellate Judges Education Institute
    • Past Chair, Judicial Section, State Bar of Texas
    • Recipient, Presidential Citations from the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association
    • Named, Texas Super Lawyer
    • Past Chair, Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Past Member, Executive Committee/Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas
    • Past Member, House of Delegates, American Bar Association
    • Member, The American Law Institute
    • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation and Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Past Commissioner, Texas Access to Justice Commission
    • Past President, Mac Taylor Inn of Court
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate and Commercial Litigation (2021)
Community Leadership
    • One of Founders and former Chair of Attorneys Serving the Community
    • Past Vice-Chair and Member of Board of Directors, The Dallas Foundation
    • Past-Chair, Women's Resource Center and Board Member, Dallas YWCA
    • Past President, Community Service Fund (Dallas Voluntary Attorney Program)
    • Recipient, Judge Samuel Pessara Outstanding Jurist Award, Texas Bar Foundation(outstanding judge for State of Texas selected from all active state and federal judges)
    • Chair’s Award for Excellence, Texas Center for the Judiciary
    • Recipient, Women of Excellence Award
    • Recipient, Volunteer With A Heart Award, YWCA
    • Judge Sam Williams Leadership Award, State Bar of Texas
    • Distinguished Honorary Alumna, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    • Recipient, Louise Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers Association
    • Recipient, Equal Justice Award, Legal Services of North Texas
    • Citation of Merit “For Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service in the Law” from the University of Missouri School of Law
    • Recipient, “We Have Lift Off” Award, Appellate Section of the Dallas Bar Association
    • Member, The Honorary Serjeant's Inn of Dallas-Fort Worth Inn of Court