Judge Burnett has an extensive record of accomplishments that includes becoming the first General Counsel of the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia. On June 26, 1969, he was appointed the first African American United States Magistrate (now called United States Magistrate Judges) in the United States. In August 2004, Judge Burnett began his service as full-time National Executive Director, for the National African-American Drug Policy Coalition. He serves as a member of the American Bar Association Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, and he is also Chair of the National Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Task Force and its Juvenile Justice Committee. Judge Burnett is on a number of other committees in Bar Associations dealing with criminal justice issues in general.
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