In his tenth year as a member of the 5th District Court of Appeals, Doug has run for re-election twice both in 2004 and 2006 and was not opposed. He has the strong support of his wife Martha, to whom Doug has been married for over 38 years, his three wonderful sons and their superb wives, and four grandchildren. Doug is thankful for the opportunity he has had since appointment in 2002 to serve the citizens of Texas as an impartial judge who consistently and conservatively applies the law in accordance with the principles laid down by our forbearers when this country began.

Since taking the bench, Justice Lang has taken his responsibility seriously and worked hard as shown by his having served on panels deciding over 4700 cases and having personally authored over 1100 written opinions deciding cases. While keeping a rigorous schedule at the court, Justice Lang still makes time to serve his community as a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas to support the club’s educational and counseling services. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of The Dallas Foundation, another noted local supporter of charities. Finally, he is an active member in many capacities at his church, the Church of the Incarnation and also in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Justice Lang practiced law as a trial and appellate lawyer for 30 years before being appointed to the 5th Court of Appeals and now has served on the Court for almost 10 years. Over his almost 40 years in the legal profession, he has been recognized numerous times for his leadership and professionalism. To name a few of these positions and honors, Justice Lang has served as president of the Dallas Bar Association and the National Conference of Bar Presidents and is past chair of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. In 2007, The Texas Bar Foundation presented Lang with its Lola Wright Foundation Award for advancing legal ethics. Also, in 2007, the Dallas Bar Association bestowed upon Lang the Morris Harrell Professionalism Award. Then, in 2008, The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers named Lang its “Outstanding Mentor”. During 2010, Lang was the recipient of the Dallas Bar Foundation’s Fellows Award and also the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Award for outstanding contributions to the legal profession. He is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles on Lawyer Professionalism as well as numerous legal topics affecting people who come before our Texas court. Lang is the author of a book in its second printing entitled, Deeds, Not Words – Mentors as Guiding Lights of Integrity in the Legal Profession (Dallas Bar Foundation 2007, Second Edition).


I have known and worked with Justice Lang for many years. I have the utmost respect for Justice Lang’s equal application of the law and his principled refusal to “legislate from the bench.” Justice Lang is a trusted conservative voice in our courts. Litigants from all walks of life know that they will get a fair hearing from Justice Lang.

- Congressman Pete Sessions

  • U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions
  • State Senator John Carona
  • State Representative Ken Paxon
  • State Representative Larry Phillips
  • State Senator Bob Deuell
  • Nathan Derr, SREC Committeeman SD2
  • State Representative Dan Branch
  • State Representative Kenneth Sheets
  • Dallas Morning News, September 17, 2012
  • Committee for a Qualified Judiciary endorsed as "Qualified"
  • In the 2012 State Bar of Texas Judicial Poll (lawyers in the six counties within the 5thDistrict Court of Appeals entitled to vote), over 75% of vote for Justice Lang over his opponent.
  • Elisabeth Wilson

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