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Jim D. Vollers (b. 1931)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1978

Born April 20, 1931, in Goliad, Texas, Jim D. Vollers was one of three children of Ira Francis Vollers, an abstractor who became county clerk and later county judge of Goliad County. Jim Vollers graduated from high school in Goliad in 1948, and attended The University of Texas School of Business as a pre-law student. He entered The University of Texas Law School in 1951, graduated with an LL.B. in 1954, and was admitted to the state bar the same year. He is married and has two children.

After completing his law studies, Vollers practiced law in Goliad briefly before serving as assistant attorney general under John Ben Shepperd. He entered the U.S. Army in 1955, where he served as assistant to the legal assistance officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Following his military service, Vollers moved to Beaumont, Texas, where he practiced law for four years before serving as assistant district attorney for six years. In 1967, Vollers joined the staff of Texas Attorney General Crawford C. Martin, serving as assistant chief of the newly formed crime prevention division, which he helped to organize. In 1969, Vollers was appointed State's Prosecuting Attorney, responsible for representing the State in all proceedings before the Court of Criminal Appeals.

In 1976 Vollers ran an unsuccessful campaign for a judgeship on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, defeated in a three-way race that was won in a runoff election by W.T. Phillips. The following year, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment expanding the court from five to nine judges. At that time, the two commissioners serving on the court automatically became judges, and Gov. Dolph Briscoe appointed the other two judges, Jim Vollers and Wilber C. Davis. They took office January 1, 1978. Vollers served until the end of the year.

Following his court service, Jim Vollers practiced law in Austin, Texas, where he resides today.


Attorney For State Appointed, Austin American, November 14, 1968.

Four New Judges on Appeals Court, Texas Bar Journal, February 1978, 131.

Jim D. Vollers Resume, Archives of the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Center for Legal History, State Bar of Texas.

Jim Vollers gets judgeship, Beaumont Enterprise, December 7, 1977.