Justice Lana Myers was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as a Justice on Texas 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 4 on December 2, 2009. She ran for election to keep her seat and was elected to a full six-year term on November 2, 2010. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County and had presided over this court for nearly fifteen years. Now having served as a Justice on the 5th District Court of Appeals for over five years, she has more than twenty years of judicial experience.
As a Justice on the 5th District Court of Appeals, Justice Myers is elected from six counties in Texas: Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. The 5th District Court of Appeals is one of fourteen intermediate appellate courts in Texas and has jurisdiction over civil and criminal appeals from the district and county trial courts located in these six counties. Justice Myers’s strong work ethic has served her well on the appellate court and she has taken her responsibility seriously in doing the important work of the court. Since December 2009, when she became a Justice on the 5th District Court of Appeals she has participated on the panel deciding over 1,800 cases and has authored over 700 opinions deciding cases. In addition to the responsibility of handling her assigned cases, she also serves on the Court’s criminal motion panel.
Justice Myers began her legal career at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney from 1982 to 1994. As a felony prosecutor, she prosecuted serious felony offenses, including capital murder, murder, aggravated robbery, and child abuse. She was a Chief Felony Prosecutor from 1987 to 1994, and served as a member of Dallas County’s Female Offender Task Force in 1993. In 1994, she resigned her position as an Assistant District Attorney to run for election to Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court. She practiced criminal defense law after leaving the District Attorney’s Office and was elected Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in 1994.
As Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court, Justice Myers presided over hundreds of felony trials and disposed of thousands of felony cases, including capital murder, murder, aggravated robbery and child abuse. While serving as a Criminal District Judge, she was elected by all of the Dallas County Criminal District Judges as the Administrative Presiding Judge of the Criminal District Courts in Dallas County for a three-year term, 1997 – 2000. Justice Myers was also elected by all of the District Judges in Dallas County as the Local Administrative District Judge of Dallas County for a two-year term, 2002 – 2004. She was a member of the State Technical Violations Committee chaired by the Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Community Assistance Division in 2000. Justice Myers received the Arthur Neu Award presented jointly by the National Association of Probation Executives and the Community Improvement Association of Iowa for exceptional public policy development in 2004. In 2006, she initiated and presided over a special court to more closely monitor technical violators of probation. In 2008, Justice Myers initiated and presided 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. In 2009, she was a member of the Steering Committee for New Life Opportunities Prostitution Diversion Initiative, and in that same year, received the “Special Recognition PRISM” award from Mental Health America Greater Dallas for her work with female offenders in “S.T.A.R. Court”. In 2009, she was a member of the Steering Committee for New Life Opportunities Prostitution Initiative and, in that same year, received the “Special Recognition Prism Award” from Mental Health America Greater Dallas for her work with female offenders in “S.T.A.R. Court”.
Justice Myers has a servant’s heart. In addition to her court responsibilities, Justice Myers’s professional affiliations and service include:
• Chair, Community Service Restitution Committee, Volunteer Center of Dallas County, 1998 – 2003
• Member, Board of Directors, Volunteer Center of Dallas County, 1994 – 2003
• Texas Association of District Judges, Secretary-Treasurer, 2000, President-Elect, 2001, President, 2002
• Dallas County Juvenile Board, 2002 – 2004
• Member, Dallas Bar Association Mock Trial Committee 2000 to present; Co-chair and Chair, Dallas Bar Association Mock Trial Committee administering the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition from 2003 to 2010 and the National High School Mock Trial Competition in 2007; Co-recipient, Dallas Bar Association’s Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Award, 2007
• Member, Dallas Bar Association Task Force that drafted the Dallas Bar Association’s Creeds for Integrity and Professionalism in Judicial Elections adopted by the Dallas Bar Association, 2003
• Dallas Bar Association, Habitat for Humanity Project and Law Day Committee’s mock voir dire demonstration for Dallas public school students
• Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
• Life Founding Fellow, Dallas Association Young Lawyers Foundation
• Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
• Member, Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency, 2007 – 2009
• Master, Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, 2008 to present; Executive Committee member, Higginbotham Inn of Court, 2014 to present
• Member, Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council, 2008 – 2009
• Faculty member, Texas Center for the Judiciary’s College for New Judges, 2008
• Member, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Education Committee recommending educational requirements and course content, credit, and standards for judges and court personnel of appellate courts, district courts, statutory county courts, county courts performing judicial functions, 2009 to present;
• Participant, IGNITE Young Women’s Leadership Conference, 2013 – 2014
• Member, Education Committee, Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI), 2014 to present
• Justice Myers has been a speaker at many bar association events, legal seminars, and community events. She has presented on topics relating to appeals and appellate practice before the 5th District Court of Appeals, criminal justice, and professionalism, including: judicial ethics panel discussion, 2011 Hispanic National Bar Association Conference; A View from the Bench: Commitment to Excellence, May 2013 Dallas Association Young Lawyers swearing-in ceremony for newly licensed attorneys; and Ethics for Judges and Lawyers, Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) 2014 Summit.
Justice Myers is a member of a pioneer Dallas family. She was born in Dallas and raised in Irving, Texas. She graduated with honors from Irving High School in 1972 and received Irving Independent School District’s “Outstanding Irving High School Graduate” award in 1989. She earned her B.F.A. degree from Baylor University magna cum laude in 1976. Justice Myers taught art in the Arlington Independent School District at Gunn Junior High School before attending law school. She earned her law degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1981.
Justice Myers is married to David Myers who, after thirty-five years of teaching in the Irving Independent School District, retired and is now a realtor with Ebby Halliday Realty. They are active members of First Baptist Church Dallas. Their daughter Kelly is married to Major Sam Wigley, U.S. Army. Both are graduates of Texas A&M University. Justice Myers is a member of the Golden Corridor Republican Women’s Club and is an associate member of many other Republican clubs. She enjoys going to football, basketball and baseball games. She also loves deep sea fishing.
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