First woman circuit judge in Broward County honored with pioneer award


Miette K. Burnstein became the first woman circuit judge in Broward County when she assumed office in 1977. She later served as the county’s first and only woman chief judge from 1985-91.

Burnstein, a Jewish resident of Vi at Aventura, was recently honored by the Broward County Bar Association as one of its Women Pioneers. The ceremony took place on International Women’s Day.

“I think this is a big honor because very few women are recognized for doing the kind of things I did,” Burnstein, 82, said.

Burnstein was born in Hungary and fled with her parents to South Florida in 1939. She grew up in Hollywood and graduated from South Broward High School and then University of Miami Law School.

When asked how she feels her honor highlights her career, Burnstein responded, “I think it shows that women who put their mind to it and who are dedicated to their calling can succeed.”


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