Updated September 10, 2018

On Monday, September 17, Martin Methodist College will welcome Julia Smith Gibbons and William “Bill” Lockhart Gibbons to campus as speakers in the annual Justice Joseph Ward Henry Law Lecture Series in celebration of Constitution Day.

The Honorable Julia Gibbons has been a circuit judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, appointed in 2002 by then president George W. Bush. Born and raised in Pulaski, she received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her degree from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. She began her career first serving as judge of the Tennessee Circuit for the 15th Judicial Circuit, United State District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, chief judge of the District Court, and currently as circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals.

Former Commissioner Bill Gibbons is the current president of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and executive director of the Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis. He has served numerous roles including special policy assistant for Governor Lamar Alexander, District Attorney General for Shelby County, and Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security for Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet, January 2011 to August 2016.

The Constitution Day event will be held at 7 p.m. in The Gault Fine Arts Center on MMC’s campus. Admission is free, and the community is encouraged to attend.