Retired Arkansas Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson, Jr. (pictured above, right) 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 dedicated to the preservation of the American Justice System and the right to trial by jury.

“We appreciate your willingness of 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.

Bynum Gibson, Jr. served as the Division 3 judge of the Tenth Circuit of Arkansas. Judge Gibson sat on the court from 1999 until his retirement in December of 2021. Judge Gibson continues to hear civil cases statewide when assigned to those cases by the Chief Justice.

Judge Robert Bynum Gibson, Jr. was chosen for this 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, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (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. ATLA supports its mission through advocacy, communications, and continuing legal education.