Retired Arkansas Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson Jr. was recently honored as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Trial Judge of the Year Award by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). 

The award is given in recognition of a trial judge’s dedication to the preservation of the American Justice System and the right to trial by jury. 

“We appreciate your willingness to solve the problem of how to try a civil jury trial during the pandemic and we appreciate your dedication to justice in south Arkansas,” said ATLA President Carter Stein. 

Gibson served as the Division 3 judge of the 10 Circuit of Arkansas. Gibson sat on the court from 1999 until his retirement in December 2020. 

Gibson continues to hear civil cases statewide when assigned to those cases by the Chief Justice.

An ALTA spokesperson said Gibson was chosen for the award because as a jurist, he has a reputation for protecting the rights of litigants and understands the litigant’s right to be heard without undue influence or interference from the jurist and recognizes the dignity of litigants and their advocates.

Founded in 1963, ATLA is a statewide association of approximately 1,000 attorneys from all 75 counties that was established to protect the people of Arkansas’ constitutional right to a trial by jury.  

The ATLA supports its mission through advocacy, communications, and continuing legal education. More can be learned about the organization on the web at arktla.org. 

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