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|Vermont Supreme Court|
|Title: || Former justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Jim Douglas|
|Active: || 2005-2013|
|Past post: || Vermont Administrative Trial Judge|
|Past term: || 2004-2005|
|Born: || January 1951|
|Party: || Republican|
|Undergraduate: || College of the Holy Cross, 1973|
|Law School: || Villanova University, 1976|
Brian L. Burgess was an associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 2005 and retired on August 1, 2013.
Justice Burgess received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1973 and his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1976.
- 2005-2013: Justice, Vermont Supreme Court
- 2004-2005: Vermont Administrative Trial Judge
- 1992-2004: Judge, Trial court
- 1985-1992: Deputy attorney general
- 1983-1985: Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry
- 1981-1983: Assistant attorney general, director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
- 1978-1981: Assistant attorney general
- 1978: Staff attorney, Vermont’s Department of Social Welfare
- 1976-1977: Attorney in private practice
Awards and associations
- Liaison and prior member, Vermont Supreme Court’s Criminal Rules Advisory Committee
- Chair, Vermont Sentencing Commission
- Member, Judicial Conduct Board
- See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Burgess received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.76, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.60 that justices received in Vermont. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.