11/1/2002 - Doug Lang
Named to Fifth District
Dallas Bar Association
Named to Fifth District
On October 15, Governor Rick Perry appointed former Dallas Bar Association President Douglas Lang as a justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.
will make a significant contribution to the court just as he has to the DBA
," Thomas said.
own behalf, Lang
said: "I look forward to the opportunity of resolving problems-in many cases the Court of Appeals
is the final stop in a case and that's a real service to the public."
For the last 30 years, Lang practiced financial and contract litigation in Dallas, first at the law firm of Webber, Baker, Allums and for the past 24 years at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo, Lang grew up in Missouri and Iowa.
He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Drake University in 1969.
After he received his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri in 1972, he had to make a choice.
He had been admitted to a post-graduate program at Boston University to pursue a L.L.M. degree in taxation, and he had been offered a position as a briefing attorney with the Missouri Supreme Court.
decided to delay the post-graduate program for a year and accepted the briefing attorney position.
It didn't take him long to discover that not only did he
want to be a trial lawyer, but someday he
wanted to be a judge.
"The cases we dealt with were tremendously interesting," he
clerkship with the Missouri Supreme Court
came to Dallas while interviewing with several firms.
One of his law school professors who graduated from Southern Methodist University encouraged him to consider Dallas.
"When I boarded the airplane in Columbia, Mo. to fly to Dallas, I was in the midst of a blizzard," Lang
"One of my uncles was a practicing attorney and I had great admiration for him," Lang said.
service to the profession is extensive.
In addition to serving as President of the DBA in 1991, he is a former member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and the Dallas Bar Foundation.
He is a former chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation and a former chair of Legal Services of North Texas.
He also served as chair of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.
Lang was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas in 1981, Outstanding Third Year Director of the State Bar of Texas in 1995, and he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Drake University in 1992.
While serving as President of the DBA, Lang led the way in establishing the DBA's Goals for Professionalism, a strategic planning meeting with community leaders and the bar.
"The goals were approved for implementation by the board and all have been accomplished," Lang
presidency, the DBA
was presented with the Award of Merit from the State Bar of Texas
for the best overall programs of a metropolitan bar association in the state.
expects to remain as active as ever with the Dallas Bar
"I think the judiciary has a responsibility to participate in organized bar activities," he