“Judge Roc” Lays Down the Law at Women in Business Forum












“I have a demanding job,” began the Honorable Andrea Rocanelli, the DSCC’s Women in Business Forum speaker Tuesday morning at the Chamber Board Room.

It was an understatement, to say the least.

Rocanelli, who was appointed to Delaware’s Court of Common Pleas in April, 2009 by Gov. Jack Markell, explained the duties she faces at the CCP daily, plus the added stress of raising three daughters. “It can be exhausting,” she said.


The Court of Common Pleas provides assistance and a neutral forum for people bound by everyday problems and disputes. Rocanelli works on the front lines of the criminal and civil justice systems, and she explained that she strives for community-based rehabilitation, rather than incarceration.

Rocanelli also explained her responsibilities in the court’s Drug Diversion Program in New Castle County, which mainly includes first-time offenders, and drug possession convicts. Rocanelli also said she has partnered with the Delaware Coalition to identify alternative approaches to addressing prostitution in the community. Namely, “trauma-informed” programs at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution to help reduce recidivism.

Rocanelli, who was formerly an attorney with the firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, spoke passionately about the failings of the justice system when dealing with Wilmington’s male criminal population, but said reform is in the works.

We thank “Judge Roc” for her character, strength and personality, and for all she does for the state of Delaware.

Any questions, or any nonprofit organizations who would like to be added to a list of community service options, can be directed to kristin.dangello@state.de.us.

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