(Nov. 28, 1896 – May 10, 1981)
ALFRED J. FOLLEY
State Bar President, 1959-1960
The State Bar presidency of A.J. Folley saw the organization of the
Bar's Advisory Council, the completion of a revised Code of Criminal
Procedure for Texas, and the final adoption of the amendment to the
State Bar Rules concerning the mechanics of submission and passage of
convention resolutions, the purpose of which was to prevent passage of
resolutions and motions by only a minority of the Bar members. A.J.
Folley was President of the State Bar in 1959-1960. He was a member of
the A.B.A.'s House of Delegates in 1962-63 and is a Fellow of both the
American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He
served on the Texas and National Commissions on Uniform State Laws.
Folley was born on a farm at Aletha, Texas, on November 28, 1896. He
is the son of George W. and Rebecca Folley. After serving in the U.S.
Army in World War I, he attended Baylor University where he received
his A.B. degree in 1921 and his LL.B. degree in 1925. He was admitted
to the Bar and practiced in Floydada, Texas, from 1925-1937.
While in Floydada, Folley served as district attorney of the l0th
Judicial District from 1929-34 and as district judge from 1934-1937. In
1937 he moved to Amarillo. He was an associate justice of the Amarillo
Court of Civil Appeals from 1937-1943, a member of the Texas Commission
of Appeals from 1943-1945, and an associate justice of the Supreme
Court of Texas in 1945-1949. Judge Folley was a member of the
Democratic Party and an elder in the Presbyterian Church, belonging to
the Rotary Club, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Amarillo Country
Club, and the Amarillo Masonic Lodge. Judge Folley married Rowena
Jones in 1926 and had one daughter.