We are pleased to announce that Judge David Tapp of the 28th Judicial Circuit (Pulaski, Lincoln, and Rockcastle counties) will be the next subject of Kentucky Appellate Survey Monthly's "Judicial Focus" series. An interview with Judge Tapp will be featured in the February 2017 edition of KAS Monthly, to be published in the first full week of March. Our interview with Judge Tapp follows the inaugural installment of the "Judicial Focus" series, which featured an interview with former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Mary C. Noble of Lexington.
Judge Tapp has been a frequent presenter at judicial education conferences and lectures on a variety of issues. He has authored articles, columns and training materials on civil and criminal justice topics.
In 2011, Judge Tapp received the All Rise Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals for his work on funding issues for substance abuse treatment courts. He was also recognized in a U.S. Senate resolution for his substance abuse treatment efforts. He volunteers his time to serve as a Drug Court judge in his three-county judicial circuit.
Judge Tapp helped the Judicial Branch implement House Bill 463, which took effect in 2012 and set out the most concentrated overhaul of Kentucky’s penal code in more than 30 years. The legislation is designed to curb the cost of incarceration without compromising public safety.
Judge Tapp is active in community organizations in his district.
A Circuit Court judge since 2005, Judge Tapp previously worked as a prosecutor, private attorney, organized crime investigator, pretrial officer and deputy sheriff. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and his Master’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State University.
[Biography Credit: Kentucky Court of Justice.]