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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Las Cruces native and local attorney Jessica Streeter as a Third Judicial District judge, the governor’s office said in a March 24 news release. Streeter fills the vacancy created when Judge Marci Beyer retired last December.
Streeter is also a candidate for the Division II judgeship in the June 7 Democratic primary.
“I am proud to be from Doña Ana County and continue to be committed to ensuring everyone in this community has a fair chance in the courtroom,” Streeter said in a news release. “I know how important it is for each person to get the opportunity to tell his or her side of the story and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.”
Streeter has a broad range of legal experience including criminal law, children’s law, abuse and neglect, estate planning, probate, divorce, custody, and child support, she said. Streeter is also actively involved in her community, serving as president of the Doña Ana County Bar Association and as a member of the board of directors of La Casa, a local nonprofit that focuses on supporting those who are affected by domestic violence.
Streeter said she is seeking the position of district court judge because she wants to focus on helping families in Doña Ana County.
“I've seen first-hand how the court system can affect families and better children's lives,” Streeter said. “The heart of this Judicial seat will be not only focused on applying the law properly, but also on the best interests of children and getting families the support they need to make sure those children and families are as happy and healthy as possible."
If elected, Streeter says she would not only focus on fairness and justice in the courtroom, but also on providing more high-quality resources for people who choose to go through the court process without an attorney.
Streeter attended New Mexico State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law with a juris doctor, Streeter practiced law in Albuquerque and Roswell before returning to Las Cruces to raise her family in her hometown. Streeter and her husband, Jacob Streeter, have three children.
Streeter opened Streeter Law Firm in Las Cruces in 2020. It recently won Bulletin’s Best Awards for “Best Estate Planning Attorneys” and “Runner up for Best Lawyer/Law Firm.”