Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, received statewide recognition for excellence when she was inducted as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation at their annual meeting in Williamsburg on Thursday, January 24, 2019. The Virginia Law Foundation was created to encourage and recognize excellence in the practice of law and public service.
Ms. Stamos received this honor in recognition of her initiative and tireless efforts in creating and co-chairing the Justice & Professionalism Committee of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys since the committee’s inception in 2013. The Justice and Professionalism Committee serves as a forum for Virginia’s prosecutors to share information, remain current on legal, ethical and investigative practices, and to avoid erroneous convictions. Under Ms. Stamos’ leadership, the committee has published and distributed “The Right Thing – Every Time: Ethical Guidelines for Virginia’s Prosecutors” and “Officer Integrity Issues and Brady v. Maryland.”
Ms. Stamos also was instrumental in developing a collaborative program, The Prosecution Project, with the University of Richmond Law School. The Prosecution Project introduces law students to the professional roles of prosecutors, to their ethical responsibilities and the challenges faced by modern prosecutors in today’s rapidly changing environment. For four years the Prosecution Project successfully has educated law students about the critical role Virginia’s prosecutors play in the search for truth and in the administration of justice in Virginia.
Ms. Stamos serves on the Board of Directors of the Prosecutors Center for Excellence in Washington, DC, as well as on the Boards of the Arlington Bar Association and the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. She has served Arlington County and the City of Falls Church for her entire legal career, starting as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1987 and serving as the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2011.