New Judge Lape Sworn in By Old Judge Lape
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:30 RCN Newsdesk
It was a special ceremony at the Kenton County Justice Center on Wednesday as newly elected Circuit Court Judge Kathy Lape was sworn in by her father, former Judge Ray Lape who held the same seat for sixteen years.
Kathy Lape was elected in November to replace the retiring Judge Martin Sheehan.
“I have always dreamed that this day would come. I am so honored to serve the public as circuit court judge and to follow in the legacy of my father," the new judge said. Kenton Circuit Court. Lape will be seated on January 5. She previously served as a district court judge to fulfill an unexpired term but lost her election bid for a full term.
Kathy Lape has practiced law for 23 years in the areas of family law, child support, domestic violence, criminal law, business law and litigation. Prior to starting her own private practice, Lape clerked for Judge David P. Davis and the late Judge William Morrissey. She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and has been admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
She has been married for 23 years to her husband, Dr. Michael Gerwe, an obstetrician with OB/GYN Specialists of Northern Kentucky. The couple has two sons: Ian, a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University and Ryan, a junior at Covington Catholic High School.
At Wednesday's ceremony the Kenton County Sheriff's Honor Guard and Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn were on hand, Judge Sheehan welcomed the crowd, an invocation was offered by Rev. Baiju Kidaagen, her sons led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, and remarks were offered by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller.
"You made the community proud by the manner in which you ran your campaign and will make the community just as proud in your service as judge," Sheehan said