Lawyers Helping Lawyers


Lawyers in crisis often have nowhere to turn. After all, they are usually the ones to whom others bring their crises. Thanks to the Tennesse Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP), however, there is help. TLAP exists to support lawyers who are suffering from a range of personal and health issues, and often the key support that TLAP provides is a fellow lawyer to guide and mentor the participant back to health. The program is completely confidential.

Bill RobilioSupervising Attorney, Shelby County Public Defender

Bill Robilio, Supervising Attorney
Shelby County Public Defender

A program like this could not exist without dependable mentors like William E. Robilio, who recently won the Todd Stephenson Volunteer Lawyer Award. This award, given annually by TLAP, goes to one lawyer for outstanding service to his peers. Robilio has been involved in TLAP and other lawyer assistance programs for years.

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Robert Childers, himself a leader in TLAP, said this about Robilio: “He has been involved with the Lawyers Helping Lawyers for many years, and he has volunteered hundreds of hours of his time in assisting lawyers and judges who are struggling with impairment issues. He has been a leader in TLAP’s efforts to educate and assist members of our profession.” 

Robilio was recognized in the Commercial Appeal and the Daily News and has raised much needed awareness of this invaluable resource for lawyers in need.

We are proud to have Robilio on our staff, where for the past 10 years he has served his clients with this same level of commitment.

Bill Robilio and all of the volunteer lawyers of TLAP make Memphis a more Just City.

Josh Spickler is an attorney and the Director of the Defender's Resource Network at the Shelby County Public Defender's Office in Memphis, Tennessee.

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