Surrounded by his family, Monticello attorney C.C. “Cliff” Gibson III takes his oath of office to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. The oath was administered by Gibson’s cousin, Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson, while Gibson’s wife Lisa holds the family Bible that once belonged to his grandfather, C.C. Gibson, Sr. Also pictured are Gibson’s son C.C. “Chad” Gibson, IV, daughter Joy Sills, grandchildren Jackson, Dinah and Bennett Sills, and son-in-law Dr. Adam Sills, pictured next to Bynum.

Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Gibson this week to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees saying Gibson’s appointment helps ensure a dependable voice on the Board for the U of A campuses in South Arkansas. “His sound judgment and calm demeanor will serve the entire system of schools well in the coming years,” Beebe said.

C. C. Gibson, III, is the senior partner of the Gibson & Keith law firm located in Monticello, Arkansas, that has been representing the people and businesses of Arkansas for more than 30 years. His undergraduate education includes both the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Mississippi State University. His post-graduate studies include attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School where he was selected for service on the Editorial Board of the UALR Law Journal. Upon obtaining his Juris Doctorate and passing the bar examination in 1981, he opened his private law practice at 119 South Main Street in Monticello where he continues to engage in the private practice of law today.

In addition to an active litigation trial practice, Gibson has served as a Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court by Governor appointment on four occasions. He presently serves as the County Attorney for Drew County, Arkansas, and previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 10th Judicial District and as an Instructor of Business Law at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and all Circuit and other lower Courts of the State of Arkansas. He is a sustaining member of the Arkansas Bar Association and served by election in its House of Delegates. He is also a member of the American Association For Justice, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute where he served as president.

Gibson’s 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 the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. He has also authored historical articles which have been published in the Drew County Historical Journal.

Gibson has been active in business including 22 years of service as a Director of Commercial Bank & Trust Company of Monticello, and over 10 years of service as a Director of Arkansas Title Insurance Company, and over 20 years as President of Drew County Abstract & Title Company.

He also has been active in community affairs by serving over 10 years on the governing board of Legal Services of Arkansas, and as a Director and President of both the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce and the Monticello Economic Development Commission, and has donated his legal services to establish the Economic Development Fund of Monticello (also known as Twenty For The Future), the Drew County Community Council, the Drew County War On Drugs Core Group, the Drew County Veteran’s Association, and the Drew County Peace Officers Association, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the City of Monticello.

A 32nd degree Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, he has twice served as Master of Eureka Lodge No. 40 in Monticello and is the recipient of the Pillars of Solomon Award from the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas.