Robilio Celebrates 30 Years on Bench

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Kay Robilio is celebrating 30 years of service as a judge this year. After graduating from law school in 1980, Robilio began private practice and then joined the city prosecutor’s office. Just a few years later, she was serving as a city court judge. By 1990, she was sitting on the circuit court bench – the first woman to be elected and serve a full term on the court. “I never anticipated I’d go on the bench originally. I had no plans to leave labor law. I liked it,” she says. But, “I just happened to be at a particular place at a particular time” and the rest is history. In this interview with the Memphis Daily News, Robilio talks about the challenges and rewards of her work.