Judge Tabbey was appointed in April 1997 then elected to the bench and currently presides at the 14A-2 District Court in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After starting in general practice, he served Washtenaw County as an Assistant Prosecutor from 1983 through 1992 and as a Special Assistant Public Defender in 1993. He then served Jackson County as Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Chief Trial Attorney, and Chief Assistant Prosecutor. In his nearly 13 years of public service as a prosecutor, Judge Tabbey specialized in prosecuting high tech economic frauds and was declared a Computer Crime Expert in 1990 by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. In 1990 he became the legal consultant to the Michigan Computer Crime Task Force, and continues as liaison to the FBI National Law Institute at Quantico, Virginia.
Judge Tabbey received his B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1978 at Michigan State University, Honors College, and his Juris Doctor in 1981 at Wayne State University. In 1990, he graduated from the FBI National Law Institute at the FBI National Academy. He has received Certificates of Appreciation, Crime Prevention Citations, and a Community Service award for his efforts in providing training and information resources to the local state and national law enforcement community.
Judge Tabbey has lectured for many law enforcement, bar and judicial associations, universities, and corporations concerning information piracy and privacy issues. He has consulted on technology/legal issues with the Michigan State Police; FBI; U.S. Secret Service; numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Defense. In May 2015, he participated on a judicial panel for the DOJ/National Institute of Justice, and the RAND Corp. to assess and prioritize judicial technology needs across the United Stated.
Judge Tabbey created a computer/telecommunications crime investigation and prosecution course and has provided instruction for the Financial Fraud Institute at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Communications Fraud Control Association, and numerous colleges and universities. Judge Tabbey’s writings have been published in “Computers & Security”, the “Computer Law and Security Report” (Oxford, England) and the “Communicator” (Washington, D.C.). He consulted in the creation and production of the “Law Enforcement Video” by MCI Corp.; the “Computer Security Video”, part of the KDN Corp. Crime Check Series; and the “Cell Phone Fraud Video” by the Michigan State Police. In 1996 he authored Michigan’s new computer/telecommunications crime laws, which became national model acts through ALEC in 1997, and updated them again in 2006.
Judge Tabbey was a founding member of the International Working Group on Computer Evidence and member of the Security Institute Special Interest Group; the Communications Fraud Control Association; the High Tech Crime Investigation Association; the Dearborn Security Network; the Information Systems Security Association; and the National Eagle Scout Association. Judge Tabbey is a Past-President of the Wayne State University National Alumni Association, and the Michigan District Judges Association.
He is the current Chair of the Information and Technology Committee, and Region 2 Director for the MDJA and Chair of the Judicial Advisory Subcommittee - SCAO/ Judicial Crossroads Technology Committee. He is past Chair of the following; the Policy/Procedure Subcommittee of the Technology Implementation Committee - SCAO, the Judicial Council and Information Technology Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the Technology Committee for the State Bar Judicial Crossroads Task Force, and the E-Filing Advisory Group- SCAO. He is a past member of the Michigan Supreme Court Technology Advisory Group, Technology Implementation Committee - SCAO, the Judicial Crossroads Task Force, the Imaging Work Group - SCAO and the Access to Court Records Committee – Michigan Supreme Court. He is a current member of the Trial Court Performance Measures Committee – SCAO, the Building a 21st Century Practice Committee- State Bar of Michigan and represents the MDJA on the Criminal Justice Information Systems Policy Board. He was Chief Judge of the 14A District Court from 2008 through 2013.