Nina Cassady
Cassady Fame.jpg
Name Nina Cassady
Title Detective
Affiliation NYPD
Division Manhattan North Homicide Squad
Precinct 27th Precinct
Family Jimmy Cassady (brother)
Unnamed sister-in-law
Unnamed niece
Status Alive
Actor Milena Govich
First Appearance "Fame"
Last Appearance "The Family Hour"

Nina Cassady was a detective on Law & Order, the first and only female detective in the original Law & Order series, who appeared in the seventeenth season. Cassady was partnered with Detective Ed Green.

Cassady was transferred to the 27th Precinct after a shootout occurred at a beauty parlor, which led to the press giving her the nickname "Detective Beauty Queen." Her arrival was controversial, as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, the precinct commander, had someone lined up to be Detective Joe Fontana's replacement and Green's partner. Van Buren was overruled, however, after all of the extra publicity Cassady had garnered for the police department. Van Buren was very concerned about Cassady's lack of experience, and made that very clear. (L&O: "Fame")

In the season finale "The Family Hour", she botches an interrogation after losing her temper & coercing a suspect who was close to confessing and the suspect gets so enraged, he throws a chair through a glass window.

Van Buren calls Cassady out on her unprofessional behavior after being on the job for 8 months which suggests that she might not have a future with the 27th Precinct anymore. Cassady later gives a strong performance on the witness stand in court.

By the next season, Cassady is replaced by Detective Cyrus Lupo and there is no explanation for her departure and she isn't seen or mentioned again.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Nina comes from an Irish family of police officers and was born in Queens. Her brother Jimmy served in the 97th Precinct. She also has a sister-in-law and niece. She has also attended Sunday school for six years.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Icon L&O.jpg Law & Order - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus Lupo

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael Cutter

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie Rubirosa

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


Elizabeth OlivetAlfred Wentworth

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