The moment of truth draws nigh as Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp prepares for the next chapter in an already illustrious legal career.
Nominated in March by President Donald Trump for a seat on the the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Judge Tapp must first be confirmed the United States Senate.
That confirmation hearing has been scheduled for this Wednesday morning, May 22, at 10 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Judge Tapp will testify before the full Senate Committee on the Judiciary -- with Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the committee.
The public may watch the proceedings live via the Senate Judiciary Committee's website (https://www.judiciary.senate.gov), although it should be noted that other nominees will also be heard, so Judge Tapp's testimony may be delayed. Once on the website, click on the "Hearings" tab, then "Nominations" in order to find the correct livestream.
Should he be confirmed, Judge Tapp would be one of 16 judges who serve 15-year terms. The Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied in fact, with the United States. Though headquartered in Washington, DC, the court has national jurisdiction -- allowing judges to travel all over the nation to hear cases for the convenience of litigants.
When first nominated, Judge Tapp called the opportunity to serve on a federal bench the high point of his career.
On the bench since 2005, Judge Tapp's career has included work as both prosecutor and 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.
In 2004 the then-Somerset lawyer was elected District Judge for Pulaski and Rockcastle Counties. After eight months in district court, Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Tapp as Circuit Judge. In those subsequent years, Judge Tapp has made a name for himself overseeing a drug court that has become a national model, helping provide new opportunities for drug abusers who find themselves in the legal system.