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Robert Lawson Childers, American state judge. Bar: Tennessee 1975, United States District Court (western district) Tennessee 1975, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1985. Named Judge of Year, Shelby County Deputy Sheriffs Association, 1990; recipient Distinguished Alumni Achievement award University Memphis, 2002.


Childers, Robert Lawson was born on March 12, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Son of Howard Lawson and Velma Pearl (Baker) Childers.


Bachelor of Business Administration, Memphis State University, 1971. Juris Doctor, Memphis State University, 1974.


Of counsel Law offices of James F. Schaefer, Memphis, 1975-1978. Sole practice, 1978-1984. Judge circuit court 30th judicial district State of Tennessee, 1984—1990, 1990—1998, 1998—2006, since 2006, presiding judge 30th judicial district, 1989-1990, 97-98.

Treasurer Tennessee Judicial Conference, 1990-1991, vice president, 1996-1997, president 1999-2000. Member executive committee, chairman committee to revise Tennessee pattern jury instructions civil. Guest lecturer Cecil C. Humpherys School Law, Memphis State University.

Member faculty National Judicial College. Chairman Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinator Council, since 2000. Chairman Shelby County Domestic Violence Council, 2000-2001.

Commissioner Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, since 1999. Vice president Memphis Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Inc., 1987-1994.


  • Bar: Tennessee 1975, United States District Court (western district) Tennessee 1975, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1985.


The Covenant is not a contract in which God and human beings agree to provide particular goods and services for each other. It is not something that people have to do to create a relationship with God. God has already made it possible.


All human life is created by God and therefore is significant and valuable. When governments implement the capital punishment, then the life of the convicted is devalued and all possibilities of change end.


The very idea that one gender is superior to another should be rejected as well as the erroneous notion that members of one gender may receive love, power, and esteem only at the expense of another.


Member Tennessee Young Democrats, Memphis, 1978-1983. Member American Bar Association (commission on lawyers assistance programs since 2000), Memphis Bar Association (board directors 1979-1981, Best Participant award 1986, Outstanding Judge of Year award 1986, 99, Outstanding Jurist, 2004-2005, Divorce and Family Law Section), Memphis Trial Lawyers Association (president 1983-1984), Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (board governors 1980-1982), Tennessee Trial Judges Association (president 1991-1995), Greater Memphis State Inc. (board directors 1990-1993), Cecil C. Humphreys School Law Alumni Association (president national council 1983), Leo Bearman Senior American Inn.

Court (president 2004-2006).


  • Other Interests

    Sports, music.


Married Donna Kay Tapper, December 15, 1969 (divorced February 1983). 1 child, Lisa Kay.

Howard Lawson Childers

Velma Pearl (Baker) Childers

Donna Kay Tapper

Lisa Kay Childers