2 Law Transition Q. 129 (1965)
Phil S. Gibson

handle is hein.journals/lintraqu2 and id is 141 raw text is: WILLIAM 0. DOUGLAS*

Phil S. Gibson$
Phil S. Gibson was originally a product of Missouri where he re-
ceived his education, including his law degree, and where he won
an election as prosecuting attorney. Due to the vagaries of war, he
ended up in California where he has written his distinguished pro-
fessional record.
World War I took him to France and then to London to do post-
graduate work at the Inns of Court. Thereafter he went to Los An-
geles, where he practiced law for the next 15 years, during much of
which time he taught law at Southwestern University.
He became active in California politics in 1938, working for
the gubernatorial candidate, Culbert L. Olson. Before that year was
out, Olson had named him Director of Finance; and before another
year had passed he was an Associate Justice of the California Supreme
Court; and before a second year had passed, he was Chief Justice,
from which position he retired only recently.
During the 24 years that Phil Gibson was Chief Justice of the
California Supreme Court, he won for California many laurels in
the field of jurisprudence as did Benjamin N. Cardozo in New York
some years previously.
Governor Brown recently summed up our guest of honor in
these words:
In his understanding of people and their needs, in his famili-
arity with the detailed processes of democratic government, in his
natural talent for command, and in his instinct for the practical,
Chief Justice Gibson has been able to translate his scholarship
into an outstanding career of public service. 12 U. C. L. A.
L. Rev. 1, 3.
In his judicial career Phil Gibson was often the pioneer. It was
his dissent in Times-Mirror Co. v. Superior Court, 15 Cal. 2d 99,
that paved the way for the modern law on constructive contempts.
It was the Gibson view our Court took when the case reached us,
*Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States.
tAddress delivered at dinner in honor of Phil S. Gibson given by Law-
yers Division, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California at
Los Angeles, April 9, 1965.

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