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Nina Safier Appointed to Metropolitan Court Bench

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Nina Safier to Division XVII of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, after recommendation from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Criminal Court Nominating Commission. She will succeed Judge Henry A. Alaniz, who retired in December of 2021. 


Judge Safier will serve in the court’s Felony Division, where she will primarily hear Felony First Appearance Hearings and Preliminary Examination Hearings. She will be sworn in on Monday, March 14th. 


“I am honored to serve my community in this capacity. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I love living here. I am a proud product of Albuquerque Public Schools, and I have worked in the community from a young age. I want to continue to positively impact people’s lives, create trust in the criminal justice system, and give back to the citizens of Bernalillo County,” said Judge Safier. 


Judge Safier has dedicated the majority of her legal career to practicing in the Metropolitan Court. She first served as a trial attorney and supervisor with the Law Offices of the Public Defender (LOPD) from 2008 to 2017. During that time, she represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanor crimes as well as helped train and mentor new attorneys. She later transferred to the Felony Division of the LOPD, where she has served as a trial attorney and supervisor since 2017. 


Active in her community, Judge Safier serves on the New Mexico Sentencing Commission and previously served as a member of the Metropolitan Court Rules Committee, the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Student Association. She also works as a supervising attorney with UNM’s School of Law Student Extern Program and supports various civic organizations, including the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. 

A graduate of Eldorado High School, Judge Safier earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin before returning home to attend UNM’s School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 2006. She was admitted to the New Mexico Bar the same year. 


While attending law school, Judge Safier worked as a law clerk for New Mexico Legal Aid, as a legal associate for a private law firm and as a treatment foster care coordinator for Desert Hills Youth and Family Services. 


Having spent four years in Wisconsin, Judge Safier says there is nothing more she enjoys than soaking up the spectacular New Mexico sun with family and friends.