Dale Durrer

Legal Rhetoric Instructor

Adjunct instructor Dale Durrer is a General District Court Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he tries criminal and civil cases. Prior to his service as a judge, he served as an Assistant and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Culpeper County, Virginia and a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and received his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2000. Following his graduation from law school, he joined the law firm of Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards as an Associate attorney, focusing on criminal defense and domestic relations. During his time in private practice, he served as a court-appointed attorney for indigent criminal defendants and as a guardian ad litem for juveniles. In March 2004, he debated Stephen Bright on the merits of capital punishment at the Yale Law School. He is an active member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. He has taught in the Legal Rhetoric program since 2006.

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law 2000
  • B.A., University of Virginia 1994