State Bar to induct Harriet Miers '70 as Texas Legal Legend

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The ceremony held at SMU Dedman School of Law will celebrate her dedication to justice, service and professionalism.

(January 2018)
DALLAS (SMU) – The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas will induct Harriet Miers ’70 as a Texas Legal Legend at SMU Dedman School of Law. The ceremony will take place on January 23, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in the Walsh Classroom of Underwood Law Library. To RSVP to the event, click here.

Miers studied law at SMU, where she was the Comments Editor for the Southwestern Law Journal. She received SMU Dedman School of Law’s Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement, and the Distinguished Alumni Awards from both SMU and SMU Dedman School of Law.

“We are very proud of Harriet Miers,” said Jennifer Collins, Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law.  “Her remarkable career and her unwavering commitment to serving the legal profession and her community certainly make her a legal legend.”

In 1972, after clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Joe E. Estes, she was the first woman hired at the Dallas firm of Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely, and became the first woman to lead the firm in 1996. In 1999, when Locke Purnell merged with Houston-based Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon, she became Co-Managing Partner, a position she held until she left to serve in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001-2007 as Staff Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Counsel to the President. Miers returned to Locke Lord as a Partner in 2007 and is a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Public Policy sections.

Throughout her distinguished career, Miers has been committed to public service and served in many professional and community volunteer positions. She was the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association as well as the State Bar of Texas. Miers was selected in 2015 by Texas Lawbook as one of 50 “Lions of the Texas Bar.” Among her many recognitions and awards, Miers received the Sandra Day O'Connor award from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism in 2005 and in 1979, she was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She recently received the 2017 Good Apple award from Texas Appleseed, a public interest justice center working to change unjust laws and policies that prevent Texans from realizing their full potential.

For her work as Counsel to the President, she received the Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award in January of 2007 for her "dedicated service to justice, the President, and the United States of America." She also received the Agency Seal Medal awarded by the Central Intelligence Agency, an award given by the CIA to people outside the Agency who have made significant contributions to the work of the Agency.

Texas Legal Legends is a project of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Its purpose is to memorialize the stories of many legendary lawyers who have practiced in Texas, and to use those stories to enhance the public’s understanding of the historical importance of law students and lawyers serving others and making a difference – not just a living. Legends like Miers are prime examples of lawyers who have spent their professional careers serving others and taking on challenges that are much bigger than themselves.

The complete list of Texas Legal Legends inductees, including videos highlighting the careers of these individuals, can be found on the Litigation Section’s website.