Gibson awarded by ABA and ABF

The Arkansas Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Foundation honored C.C. (Cliff) Gibson III of Gibson & Keith, Monticello, with the James H. McKenzie Professionalism Award in recognition of sustained excellence through integrity, character and leadership to the profession and the community. The award was presented virtually during the association’s annual conference on June 11, 2020.
Mr. Gibson is the founding member of Gibson & Keith, PLLC in Monticello, having established the firm in 1981.  He has served five times as a Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 10th Judicial District.  For the last 20 years, he has served as County Attorney for Drew County, Arkansas.  His legal writings have been published in the UALR Law Journal and the ATLA Docket, and he has conducted continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys for both the Arkansas Bar Association and Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.  He has also been active in business as a Director of Commercial Bank & Trust Company of Monticello, and as a Director of Arkansas Title Insurance Company, and also as President of Drew County Abstract & Title Company.  He has donated his legal services to establish and support:  Economic Development Fund of Monticello;  Drew County Community Council; Drew County War On Drugs Core Group; Drew County Veteran’s Association; and Drew County Peace Officers Association.  Gibson also served on the board of Legal Services of Arkansas and in leadership of both the Monticello-Drew County Chamber and  the Monticello Economic Development Commission.  He currently serves on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.  Cliff and Lisa Gibson have two children, Joy Sills of Jonesboro and Chad Gibson of Monticello. 
James H. McKenzie, for whom the award is named, was an attorney from Prescott, Arkansas, who served as president of the Arkansas Bar Association in 1991.  Mr. McKenzie’s Prescott law firm began in the early 20th century and included one Arkansas Governor, Thomas C. McRae, among its founding members.  Mr. McKenzie was the third member of the firm to serve as President of the Arkansas Bar Association    Like Mr. McKenzie, Cliff Gibson focuses his practice on litigation and on building his community.  
About Arkansas Bar Association
The Arkansas Bar Association, established in 1898, is a voluntary, statewide organization with more than 5,300 members. Among its purposes are the advancement of the administration of justice and the fostering among its member of high ideals of integrity, learning and public service.

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