B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science, 1989
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After working in the human resources industry in London for several years, Burnham attended St. Mary’s School of Law. During law school, she worked for the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin and as an intern for the Honorable Judge Charles Baird on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
As a law student, she co-authored a law review article challenging the constitutionality of a statute regarding writs of habeas corpus for death row inmates. After graduating, Burnham served as a briefing attorney to Chief Justice David Wellington Chew on the Eighth Judicial District Court of Appeals in El Paso and as a briefing attorney to Baird on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
She practiced criminal defense in state and federal courts with the San Antonio law firm of Goldstein, Goldstein and Hilley before going into private practice. She is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s bi-monthly publication the San Antonio Defender. She has served as an officer with the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association since 1999.