Division VIII

Judge Karen L. Townsend

District Judge, Division VIII

103 S. Oliver Ave.

Aztec, NM 87410

(505) 334-6151

Fax: (505) 334-1940


Judge Karen L Townsend


Judge Karen L. Townsend was born in New York and grew up in Aztec, New Mexico.  She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  After working for a few years at the Public Service Company of New Mexico, she completed her Juris Doctorate at Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York in 1990.  Returning to Aztec after law school, she began her law practice with an emphasis on civil litigation with the Tansey, Rosebrough, Gerding & Strother, P. C. firm.


Judge Townsend's legal experience includes ten years as the City Attorney for the City of Aztec, a Domestic Violence Hearing Officer, and Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children.  Her concern for children led her to be instrumental in starting the CASA Program in San Juan County (CASA = Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).  She was a board member for Childhaven, Inc. for ten years and is a past president.


In August 2006, she was appointed District Judge for the Eleventh Judicial District Court.  Judge Townsend assisted in starting the Treatment Court program for San Juan County in 2007.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the District Judges Association and the Mental Health Sub-Committee for the New Mexico Supreme Court.  Her case assignment includes civil, domestic and criminal cases.