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David Lord

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney

City of Alexandria, Virginia

David Lord is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, an adjunct professor in Criminal Procedure at George Mason University's School of Law, and an instructor with Justice 3D.  Mr. Lord is also a published author, with his writing focused on prosecutorial ethics.  He has been employed as a prosecutor since 2006 and has broad litigation experience, having tried 63 cases through a jury and many hundreds more as bench trials.  In addition to his work as a trial attorney, Mr. Lord has developed an expertise in ethics and teaches on that topic at multiple conferences each year. Mr. Lord’s published law review articles include the ethics of plea bargaining, trial advocacy, prosecutorial discretion, and exculpatory evidence.  As a prosecutor, Mr. Lord supervises the Violent Crimes Unit and works with the Alexandria Treatment Court, a program that seeks to help divert from conviction and incarceration individuals with substance use disorder that engage in nonviolent felony offenses.  Mr. Lord graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University, obtained his J.D. from George Mason in 2005, and received a Masters of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2019. Mr. Lord is a recipient of the 2017 Warren B. Von Schuch Distinguished Assistant Award, the 2014, 2015, and 2020 S. Randolph Sengel Award for Prosecutorial Excellence, the 2017 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award, and the 2019 Michael R. Doucette Lecturer of Merit Award.

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