David A. Tapp
28th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky
David Austin Tapp currently serves as Judge of the 28th Circuit of the Kentucky Court of Justice. He is a former law enforcement officer, prosecutor, defense attorney, and district judge. Judge Tapp received his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and a Bachelor of Arts from Morehead State University. He is a frequent author and media contributor on a variety of justice related topics.
Education has remained a paramount focus throughout Judge Tapp's profession, as he strives to cultivate a pedagogical judicial environment. He currently serves as Chairperson of Kentucky's Circuit Judges Education Committee and is responsible for developing and providing the training for all of Kentucky's general jurisdiction and family court judges. In 2014, Judge Tapp initiated Kentucky's new lawyer-to-judge mentoring program and authored the Transitions mentoring manual. Furthermore, Judge Tapp served as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, where he taught electronic discovery and digital evidence.
In addition, Judge Tapp extends his pursuits outside the scholastic setting in order to serve the community. Most recently, Judge Tapp was appointed as a Council Member to the Governor's Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council where he served on the Recidivism Reduction work group. He also served as Co-Chairperson of the Judicial Child Fatality Task Force and is the winner of two national awards from The National Association of Drug Court Professionals.