Biography

Elizabeth Lee Thompson specializes in civil appeals in Texas state courts and federal courts. Lee’s practice encompasses both appeals and original proceedings as well as serving as appellate counsel in the trial court, including through pretrial, trial, and postjudgment motions.  Lee also possesses experience in federal class action litigation in several parts of the country.

Lee is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She served as a staff attorney for Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers at the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas, Texas. During her over six years at the Court, she worked on civil and criminal appeals concerning a wide range of legal and procedural issues.

Lee holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in history with a concentration in legal history.  Her published work includes a book and articles on legal and historical subjects in publications including St. Mary’s Law JournalAmerican Journal of Legal History, and Texas International Law Journal.  Her most recent publication is Interlocutory Appeals in Texas: A History, 48 St. Mary’s L.J. 65 (2016).  She has also taught legal and historical subjects at Stanford Law School, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

    Selected Publications, Speeches, and Presentations

    • Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section, May 2018: Interlocutory Appeals in Texas: A History
    • Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, November 2017: Interlocutory Appeals in Texas: A History
    • Interlocutory Appeals in Texas: A History, 48 St. Mary’s L.J. 65 (2016).
    • "The 2019 Texas Legislature and Appellate Practice: Laws Enacted and Proposed,” 31 The Appellate Advocate 244, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section (Summer 2020)

    Education

    • The University of Texas School of Law  (J.D.)
      • with honors
    • The University of Texas at Austin  (Ph.D, M.A.)
      • History with Concentration in Legal History
    • The University of Texas at Austin  (B.A.)
      • magna cum laude
      • Phi Beta Kappa
      • Plan II Honors Program

    Bar Admissions

    • Texas

    Court Admissions

    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
    • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

    Professional and Community Activities

    • William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench, 2017–Present
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Committee Member, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Texas Appellate Hall of Fame, 2020-Present
    • Council Member, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section, 2019-Present
    • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Barrister Member, 2014–2017
    • College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section
    • American Society for Legal History
    • Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers
    • State Bar of Texas Appellate Section
    • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Dallas Women Lawyer Association

    Professional Recognition

    • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Law School Dean’s Achievement Award
    • Finalist Scribes Law Review Competition, The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
    • Best Note, Texas International Law Journal