TRUSTED AND RESPECTED LEADER WITH A PROVEN RECORD
Lana R. Myers was appointed to the 5th Court of Appeals, Place 4, by Governor Rick Perry on December 2, 2009. She won the 2010 Texas State Bar Judicial Poll. Justice Myers is the Republican candidate on the ballot in November 2010, running for election to a full six year term.
CONSERVATIVE VALUES AND STRONG WORK ETHIC
Lana was raised to believe that God gave her intelligence and common sense and that it was up to her to work hard to achieve the American dream. She attended Irving schools and graduated with honors from Irving High School in 1972. Lana graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1976. After college she taught 7th grade art for two years in Arlington ISD before attending law school. She received her law degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1981.
Lana began her legal career at the Dallas District Attorney’s Office in 1982 where she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the trial division for twelve years. During that time, she prosecuted all levels of criminal offenses including capital murder, murder, child abuse, aggravated robbery, burglary, and theft. After resigning her position as an Assistant District Attorney in January 1994 in order to run for judge, she practiced criminal defense law.
ACCOMPLISHED JURIST COMMITTED TO THE RULE OF LAW
Judge Myers was elected Judge of the 203rd District Court in 1994 and took office January 1, 1995. At the time of her appointment to the 5th Court of Appeals, Place 4, she had presided over this court for almost 15 years and was seeking re-election to a fifth term. The lone Republican felony court judge seeking re-election, she remained true to her beliefs and to her party.
As Judge of the 203rd District Court, Judge Myers ran an efficient court, and presided over hundreds of trials and disposed of thousands of cases. She has been highly rated by the members of the Dallas Bar Association in every Judicial Evaluation Poll. She strongly believes that judges should be impartial, rule by the law, and not legislate from the bench.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY
In addition to her regular docket, Judge Myers has served the community through her involvement in administering and judging the Texas and National High School Mock Trial Competitions. She has also received special recognition for her work in presiding over S.T.A.R. COURT (acronym for Strengthening Transition And Recovery), an innovative specialty court designed to reduce recidivism among female offenders charged with felony prostitution.
FAMILY AND FAITH
Justice Myers is married to David Myers, a high school biology teacher and former head basketball coach at MacArthur High School in Irving. Lana and David have a unique “How We Met” story. Classmates from elementary school through high school, they became re-acquainted when he served on a jury panel in her court. They are active members at First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas.