If you’ve walked through the Chambers County Courthouse – especially the side where the old courtroom was located – you may have come across Taylor-Lee Stokes, Assistant District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
A native of Warrenton, Va., 35, has lived in Chambers County for three years. She graduated from Cumberland School of Law, where she met her husband, Jonathan Stokes, a personal injury lawyer and founding partner of StokesStemle, LLC in Montgomery.
Stokes says that although she is not from that area, the people have been welcoming. “It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Chambers County in this position,” said Stokes.
What makes her current position unique is that she has the opportunity to pursue various businesses.
“There are all different types of cases, from misdemeanors and juvenile cases to murder punishable by death,” Stokes said.
On the other hand, Stokes says the hardest part about being a prosecutor is the child victims.
“The cases where a family has lost a family member, it’s difficult,” Stokes said. “But I think the hardest part is probably the physically or sexually abused children, especially if they have to testify. It’s heartbreaking, but also why I do it.
Stokes also thanks current District Attorney Jeremy Duerr for his tutelage.
“He [Duerr] taught me a lot about being a prosecutor, ”said Stokes.
After graduating in law and passing the bar, Stokes and her husband moved to Virginia where she practiced criminal defense and civil litigation in her own law firm for five and a half years before returning to Alabama in 2017.
Although Stokes has political experiences through internships, she said politics is not in her future.
“I have a political background in terms of internships, specializing in poli-sci and that sort of thing. All I love about this job is not politics, so no aspirations there, ”Stokes said.
For the foreseeable future, Stokes has said she is happy where she is now.
“I’ll stay here as a Chambers County District Attorney as long as you all get me,” Stokes said. “I love being in Chambers County and would be happy to stay here.”