Court of Appeals
District IV (2007-2010)
Judge Burnie Bridge was appointed to the court by Governor Jim Doyle in early 2007. She ran unopposed in the spring 2008 election.
Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, she attended the Miami University of Ohio graduating with a degree in English Literature in 1970. She then moved to Mississippi to work for the ACLU and eventually relocated to Madison where she graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
She devoted her professional life to public service in government. She was an administrator for the Division of Children and Family Services, Wisconsin DHFS. She was the chair at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (2003-05), Deputy Attorney General (1993-2003) and assistant attorney general (1985-93). She was an attorney in private practice from 1983-85.
Her judicial activities include a Fellow in the Wisconsin Law Foundation, a former board of director in the State Bar, State Bar Government Lawyers Board and Wisconsin Women in Government. She was involved in the Board of Administrative Oversight, State Bar Executive Committee. She was a former president of the Legal Association for Women. She was a member of the District Committee in the Board of Attorney Professional Responsibility.
She has been a guest instructor at the UW Law School and a Mentor in the UW Law School Legal Education Opportunities Program.
During her retirement she will pursue her interests in food, gardening and travel. She will continue to enjoy cooking classes during her travels.