Alex Gibson now serves as the Executive Director of Appalshop, a multi-media arts organization located in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Before joining Appalshop, Gibson practiced law within the Torts, Insurance, and Business Litigation practice groups at Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Louisville, KY and in the Business Litigation group at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews, and Ingersol in Philadelphia, PA. Before entering private practice, Gibson served as a federal law clerk for the Hon. Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee where he assisted in the resolution of multi-million dollar law suits, federal criminal trials, and critical questions of constitutional law, particularly, those that implicate the First Amendment. Prior to his clerkship and while attending law school, Gibson provided Pro Bono legal services to asylum seekers from Central and West Africa, conducted tax workshops in West Philadelphia, and was part of a delegation sent to Mombasa, Kenya to teach constitutional law to women’s rights groups in the wake of Kenyan constitutional reform.
Gibson graduated from Berea College in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2012. Gibson also holds a certificate in Comparative Law from Queen Mary at the University of London, England and in Thai and South East Asian Studies from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After college, Gibson was one of 50 national recipients of the Watson Fellowship, which provides a grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States. The focus of Gibson’s project led him to travel to areas of conflict in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle-East and South America for 12 months. Gibson now serves on the Watson Fellowship Selection Committee at his alma matter.