Hon. Jennifer Ellen DeLaney Sixth Judicial District Court


Judge Jennifer DeLaney was elected in 2012. Prior to being elected, she served as the Sixth Judicial District Court's Special Master. Judge DeLaney currently serves as the Chair of the Board for the Luna County Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services, Chair of the Board for Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation, and she has been involved in a variety of other community activities. 

Judge DeLaney currently also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation.  From July 2007 to June 2009, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Board, and then became Chair of the Board in July 2009 to June 2014. Southwestern Regional Housing provides direct services to New Mexico residents to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable housing. Those services include rehabilitation and weatherization, credit counseling and financial education programs, IDA savings and investment accounts, building single family and multifamily homes, providing resource development to sustain and support housing, and advocating for quality of life for all New Mexicans. Throughout the years, Judge DeLaney has been involved in a variety of community activities including Mock Trial Attorney Coach, Lordsburg, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015, Gear-Up College Preparation Summer Program Volunteer, 2010, Foster Parent, Children, Youth and Families Department, 2008 to 2010, Gear-Up College Preparation Summer Program Biology Professor, 2009, Mock Trial Attorney Coach, Deming, 2007, and Assistant Girl Scout Troop Leader, 2002 – 2006.


Judge DeLaney earned her B. S. in Marine Biology from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida in 1997.  She received her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark in 2002 with honors.

Work history:

Prior to taking the bench, Judge DeLaney  served the Sixth Judicial District Court as a Hearing Officer  presiding over hundreds of cases on a yearly basis and making decisions for the litigants based on the facts entered into evidence and the applicable law. 


Judge DeLaney was admitted to the Florida State Bar in October 2002, the New Mexico State Bar in May 2003, and the Federal District Court in October 2004.  She opened up her law practice DeLaney & Hernandez, L.L.C. in October 2002 in Deming, New Mexico with her sister, Amy C. DeLaney-Hernandez, Esq. (UNM School of Law, 1999).  DeLaney & Hernandez, L.L.C. provided representation to all persons, working with The Healing House and El Refugio, Inc. to help victims of domestic violence, and working with New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc. to represent low income persons who otherwise could not afford legal representation. The firm also provided pro bono legal services to the community at large. 

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2014 JPEC Evaluation Website

JPEC's 2014 report on Judge DeLaney.

Appointment History

Sixth Judicial District Court 11/06/12 - present

Judge DeLaney beat one challenger in a democractic primary and went on to defeat the incumbent Republican appointee of Gov. Martinez in the 2012 general election.  She was then retained in 2014.