Since October 24, 2002, Justice Lang has served as one of the 13 Justices on the Court of Appeals, 5th District of Texas at Dallas. Justice Lang has also served as a member of the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation since 2003 after having been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. In 2007, Lang was specially commissioned by the Governor of Texas to sit on a case at the Texas Supreme Court.
Justice Lang has been active in community and bar association activities, serving as President of several associations including the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers in 1977, The Dallas Bar Association in 1991, the Texas Association of Bank Counsel in 1996-97, the Wm. AMac@ Taylor Inn of Court in 1999, The National Conference of Bar Presidents in 2004-05, and the Drake University National Alumni Association from 2002-04. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas which recognized him as Outstanding Third Year Director. Also, he has served as Chair of Several entities, including the Dallas Bar Foundation, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and Legal Services of North Texas, Inc. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Drake University, the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and the Dallas Foundation.
Justice Lang discussed the essence of professionalism, including the values of honest integrity, and civility. Also, he discussed examples of the disciplinary problems of notable lawyers and his recent book Deeds, Not Words. He discussed the reasons he decided to write a book on professional responsibility and why he believed a book of short vignettes would be a more effective means of teaching professional responsibility. Also, he discussed a few selected vignettes from his book and the lessons that can be learned from these stories.
This course has been approved for 1.0 MCLE credit hour by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE.