Diane Elizabeth Albert - New Mexico judge and pets killed by husband in apparent murder-suicide

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From: The Riford Family

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1.) Any and all records mentioning or concerning Diane Elizabeth Albert ( September, 1957- November 25, 2022)

"Dianne Albert was a municipal judge for the Village of Los Ranchos, which borders Albuquerque, and was a former planning and zoning commissioner for the North Valley community. She also had served as a Los Alamos County commissioner and president of the Bike Coalition of New Mexico, according to the Albuquerque Journal." source: [https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-mexico-judge-diane-albert-killed-by-husband-apparent-murder-suicide-police/].

"Village of Los Ranchos Municipal Judge Diane Albert died in a suspected murder-suicide, as did some of her pets, that was allegedly carried out by her husband, Eric Pinkerton, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office." source: [https://nypost.com/2022/11/27/new-mexico-judge-diane-albert-killed-in-suspected-murder-suicide/]

"Her ties to New Mexico date back to 1993 when the engineer worked at Los Alamos Lab until 2004. Albert was also an educator at Los Alamos UNM campus, in the materials science technology program. She was also a Los Alamos County councilor from 2001 to 2004." source [https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/friends-of-new-mexico-judge-speak-about-her-legacy-contributions-to-community/]

“Judge Diane Albert grew up on her family’s farm in Ohio. Graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a PhD in Metallurgy, Diane became a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and served as a Los Alamos County Commissioner." source: [https://abq.news/2022/11/sadness-over-los-ranchos/]

Dianne Albert maintained Q Clearance from 1993-2004 in the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
source: [http://dianealbertlaw.com/about.php]


University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
School of Law: J.D., May 2007
Thirty credit hours in Spanish and Russian, 1994-1997
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 1991
Master of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, 1987
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
BS Metallurgical Engineering, 1982. Cum Laude
BS Mathematics Education, 1979


Peacock, Myers, P.C. Albuquerque, NM. Law Clerk, Dec 2004 to May 2007; Associate Attorney May 2007 to present. specialization in intellectual property law.

Science, Technology, and Education

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico; Q Clearance, 1993-2004.
Program Manager, Materials Science Technician Training Program, MST-DO, 2001 to 2003; Division Strategic Planning: Materials Science & Engineering Council (MSEC) Leadership Team, 2003-2004.
Team Leader, Mechanical Testing Team, MST-6, 1999-2001.
Change of Station, Government Relations (GR): National Academy of Engineering, Washington DC, Herbert Holloman Fellow, 1997-99.
Technical Staff Member, Characterization Team, MST-6, 1995-97.
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Dynamic Properties Team, MST-5, 1993-95.
UNM-LA: Program Manager, Instructor, 2001-03. Developed curriculum and taught six materials science courses in the Materials Science Technology Certificate Degree program.

Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, Grenoble, France: Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the French Ministère de l'Education, 1991-92.

Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Materials Engineer St. Francisville, LA, River Bend Nuclear Plant Construction Site, 1982-84.


2006-07 UNM School of Law’s Helen S. Carter prize for Outstanding Legal Writing
ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law, UNM School of Law, May 2007
Dean’s Award for Significant Contribution to the Law School Community, UNM School of Law, May 2007
Women in STEM Pioneer Award for Engineering, The Ohio State University: Recipient, May 2007
Woman on the Move Award, Rio Grande Chapter YWCA: Recipient, 2004
"Ten Who Made a Difference in northern New Mexico" award, Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, November 2002
Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Ohio State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2002
NM Governor’s Award for NM Outstanding Women: Recipient, 1996, 2000, 2003
City of Columbus, Ohio Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer, 1982

Professional Activities- Law

State Bar of NM IP Practice Section, Board Member 2008 to present.
American Bar Association Student Law Division, 15th Circuit Lt. Governor for Legislative and Governmental Advocacy, May 2006-07.
UNM SoL OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students): member 2004-05, President, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
NM State Bar, Women in the Legal Profession Committee member 2005-present
NM Hispanic Bar Association member, 2005.
IP Matters Student Organization, UNM SoL, VP, 2005-06; President 2006-07.
Phi Delta Phi, Sosa Inn member 2006-present, Magister, 2006-07
UNM SoL 2L Rep to the Grad & Professional Student Association, 2004-2006.


State Bar of New Mexico
US Registered Patent Attorney #65,748

Source: [http://dianealbertlaw.com/about.php]




The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Joanne Riford

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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  • 12/12/2022