Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Robilio to Retire

August 1, 2013

After more than three decades serving the legal profession, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Kay Spalding Robilio will retire at the end of this month.

“My heart is full of gratitude for the opportunity to serve for these 30 years,” Robilio said. “It has been rewarding and affirming and I have looked forward every day to going to the courthouse.”

Judge Robilio was elected to the bench in 1990. Prior to serving as a circuit court judge, Robilio was a city court judge, city prosecutor, and law clerk – all in Shelby County. She served as a law clerk to Judge Irving M. Strauch and Judge James M. Tharpe while in law school and briefly had a private practice. She was the first women in Shelby County elected to state court to serve a full term.

Judge Robilio is a graduate of Memphis State University, cum laude, and received her law degree from the University of Memphis.

She and her husband, Victor, reside in Shelby County. Mr. Robilio will be retiring later this month. Judge Robilio said they have no specific plans, but hope to continue to serve their community. Both were recently honored by the Salvation Army Auxiliary for their volunteer service.

Judge Robilio’s retirement has prompted the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct to withdraw and dismiss charges filed in May that she violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Judge Robilio