Justice Lang believes that no judge should make up the law, that is legislate from the bench. They must apply the statutory law as it was written by the legislature and the case law as decided by the United States Supreme Court and the highest court of Texas. His decisions will always be rendered promptly and in clear language.
Having authored over 1560 opinions and participated in deciding over 6000 cases in his time since he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2002, Justice Lang exercises basic common sense and good judgment in the decisions he makes in the cases he issues.
Justice Lang has been recognized many times by his profession. He has received many awards, served as chair or president of many legal and civic organizations, been invited to speak at scores of legal seminars on legal issues, and has been published in law reviews and bar journal articles throughout his career.
In 2013 the Supreme Court of Texas showed its confidence in Doug by appointing him for a six-year term to serve as the sole appellate judge on the State Judicial Conduct Commission where disciplinary complaints against Texas judges are addressed. Doug is currently vice-Chair and vested with the responsibility to be a judge of judicial conduct.
Justice Lang has been married to his wife, Martha for over 43 years and they have three sons and six grandchildren. Doug actively participates in service to his church and other civic activities to serve his community.