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Judge Asra I. Elliott sworn in as Metropolitan Court Judge

July 11, 2022

Judge Asra I. Elliott was sworn in as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge last week after her recent appointment by Governor Lujan Grisham. Judge Elliott was appointed to Division I of the court and will hear misdemeanor criminal cases and felony first appearances. She succeeds Judge Victor E. Valdez, who retired in May.

Judge Elliot brings extensive legal experience to the bench, having practiced as both an Assistant District Attorney and as an Assistant Public Defender in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Lunas. She also worked as an attorney associate for a local law firm specializing in probate and commercial contracts. Judge Elliott most recently worked as a staff attorney for the Second Judicial District Court and formerly as a staff attorney with the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with and learn from many judges and attorneys over the years. Working for the judiciary for the past eight years has helped me realize my dream of wanting to serve as a judge, and I am honored to serve the people of New Mexico in this capacity,” said Judge Elliott.

Of Pakistani descent, Judge Elliott’s parents migrated to the United States before she and her three sisters were born. Through their own hardships, Judge Elliott’s parents instilled the importance of hard work and education in their daughters, who all attended college and pursued higher education degrees.

“My comfortable life and its abundance of choices are a far cry from the lives of my immigrant parents and of the majority of my extended family remaining in Pakistan. Because of the privileges I have enjoyed by virtue of my place of birth, I have felt a sense of duty to my community from the moment I was capable of those feelings and have known my life must be committed to public service. New Mexico and Bernalillo County are my home, and I can think of no higher use for my expertise and energy than serving my community by serving on the judiciary,” added Judge Elliott.

Judge Elliott attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Economy and graduated cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2009, where she also worked as a judicial extern for California’s Superior and Appellate Courts. Judge Elliott was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2010.

Judge Elliott serves on the New Mexico Supreme Court Uniform Jury Instructions Criminal Committee and volunteers with the Gene Franchini New Mexico High School Mock Trial Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and her neighborhood association.

In her free time, Judge Elliott enjoys equestrian sports, going for walks with her son and dog, playing ukulele, traveling in New Mexico and abroad, and spending time with family.