Miette K. Burnstein has a distinguished legal and judicial career. After graduating from South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, she received her B.S. Degree from Syracuse University and her J.D. Degree from the University of Miami Law School. She was elected to the Broward County Circuit Court in 1976 and was the first woman Circuit Judge in Broward County. She served as Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit from 1985 through 1991.