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James Price Wallace (1928-2017)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1981-1988

Born in White County, Arkansas on April 8, 1928, James Price Wallace attended rural schools there. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years before entering the University of Arkansas. After graduating in 1952, he worked for IBM briefly before enrolling in law school at the University of Houston, and earned his J.D. degree in 1957.

Wallace was admitted to the bar in 1957 and practiced law for the next eighteen years. He served in the Texas senate for four years in the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Legislatures (1971-2 and 1973), and was judge of the 215th District Court of Harris County from 1975 to 1978. From 1978 to 1980 he was an associate justice of the First Court of Civil Appeals in Harris County. He is married and has a son and a daughter, both of whom became lawyers.

Wallace was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1980, and took his oath of office on January 1, 1981. He was reelected in November 1986, but resigned from the court September 1, 1988, citing salary complaints. Following his supreme court service, he returned to private legal practice. He died in Austin, Texas on April 17, 2017


Bruce Hight. Wallace hands in official resignation, Austin American-Statesman, August 9, 1988.

Justice James P. Wallace, Texas Bar Journal 434, April 1985.

Supreme Court Ceremony for Justice James P. Wallace's Retirement, September 6, 1988. Texas Supreme Court Historical Society archives.

Short biography of Judge James P. Wallace, March 1983. Texas Supreme Court Historical Society archives.

Extended bibliography

Beveridge, Reid. James Wallace Makes His Mark in State Capitol, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 14, 1971.

Houston Legislator Interested in Appointment to New Court, Houston Post, July 1, 1973.

Sen. Wallace To Be Governor-For-Day, Houston Post, Sept. 6, 1974.

Wallace Resigns Senate Seat To Take Judgeship, Houston Chronicle, Dec. 21, 1974.

Tiede, Saralee. Judges Think Professional in Race for High Court, Dallas Times Herald, June 4, 1980.

Burchett, Chet. Justice Candidate Wallace Says Courts Losing 'Paper' Battles, Waco Tribune Herald, June 3, 1980.

Supreme Court Needs Wallace, Beaumont Enterprise Journal, May 1, 1980.

Hill, Russell. Wallace Points to Experience in Campaign, Wichita Falls Times, Apr. 22, 1980.

King, Barry. High Court Hopeful: Judicial Process Too Slow, Amarillo Globe News, Mar. 21, 1980.

Englade, Sharon. Judge Says High Court Should Take Upper Hand, Beaumont Enterprise Journal, Mar. 20, 1980.

State Supreme Court Candidate Wants To Shorten Legal Process, Corpus Christi Caller, Mar. 19, 1980.

Enriquez, Darryl. Wallace Stumps for High Bench, Abilene Reporter News, Feb. 16, 1980.