Justice Lang is in his 16th year of service on the 5th District Court of Appeals. In light of the fact that Chief Justice Carolyn Wright will not be running for re-election, Doug is running for election in 2018 to become the next Chief Justice of the Court.
Justice Lang and his wife, Martha, have been married for 44 years, have three sons, and six grandchildren. Doug actively participates in service to his church.
Esteemed Among Judges:
Justice Lang was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the 5th District Court of Appeals in October 2002. Since his appointment, he has authored over 1600 opinions and participated in deciding over 6000 cases.
In 2013 the Supreme Court of Texas showed their confidence in Doug by appointing him to serve as the sole appellate judge on the State Judicial Conduct Commission where disciplinary complaints against Texas judges are addressed. Doug is currently Chair and vested with the responsibility to be a judge of judicial conduct.
He was commissioned by the Supreme Court of Texas to sit on two cases as member of 10th District Court of Appeals in Waco (2013); Appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to sit as a Member of the Texas Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation, September 1, 2003 to June 30, 2009; and Commissioned by Governor Rick Perry to hear a case as a Special Member of the Texas Supreme Court 2007.
He continues to make significant contributions to the legal profession and the community. He has made 10 appearances in the last year presenting at continuing education events. Justice Lang has authored several law review articles on legal and professionalism issues, advocates for professionalism and ethics, (See Lang and Montgomery, Civil Conduct-A White Paper on Increasing the Professionalism of Lawyers, 78, No. 9, Texas Bar Journal 714, October 2015), and is a builder of programs for mentoring and education of beginning lawyers.
Leadership and Integrity Recognized:
- Texas Bar Foundation, 2007 Lola Wright Foundation Award for outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas.
- Dallas Bar Association, 2007 Morris Harrell Professionalism Award.
- The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers named him its Outstanding Mentor for 2008.
- Dallas Bar Foundation’s Fellows Award and the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Award for outstanding contributions to the legal profession (2010).
- The University of Missouri-School of Law, in September 2012, awarded Doug its Citation of Merit, the “Highest Award Conferred by the Law School.”
- The William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, conferred upon Doug the 2011 Sergeant of the Inn Award.
On March 14, 2015, The American Civil Trial Roundtable awarded Doug its “Recognition for Service and Leadership, In Grateful Appreciation for Your Outstanding Leadership” for his efforts in producing a White Paper on professionalism. That white paper was “commended” in separate resolutions passed by the American Bar Association House of Delegates and the United States Conference of Chief Justices. See Lang and Montgomery, Civil Conduct-A White Paper on Increasing the Professionalism of Lawyers, 78, No. 9, Texas Bar Journal 714, October 2015.
Leadership Positions: President Dallas Bar Association 1991; President, The National Conference of Bar Presidents 2004-2005 (American Bar Association); Dallas Bar Foundation, Chair, 1998-2001; American Inns of Court Foundation, Secretary 2012-2014, Board of Trustees, 2005-present (member executive committee 2008-2015); American Law Institute, Member, 2004-present; Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, member Board of Trustees, 1997-2000; W.M. “Mac” Taylor, Jr., American Inn of Court, a founding member, 1991-present, President, 1997-1999; Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Chair, 1999-2002; State Bar of Texas, Member, Board of Directors, 1992-1995, Member, Executive Committee 1994-1995.