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Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law

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 post-judgment motions.  Lee also possesses experience in federal class action litigation in several parts of the country.

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.

Professional Recognition

Texas Bar Foundation


Texas International Law Journal

Best Note

The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects

Finalist Scribes Law Review Competition

The University of Texas School of Law

Law School Dean’s Achievement Award

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law

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Education, Admissions & Activities


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

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Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals

Fifth and Seventh Circuit

United States District Court of Texas

Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western

Professional and Community Activities

William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court

Master of the Bench, 2017-present

State Bar of Texas

Appellate Section Texas Appellate Hall of Fame Committee co-chair, 2021-present

Dallas Bar Association

Appellate Section

Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court

Barrister Member, 2014–2017

Texas Bar College

American Society for Legal History

Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers

Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

Dallas Women Lawyer Association