National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. announced the appointment of Agency attorney Ruth E. Burdick as Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Division of Enforcement Litigation’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch. That Branch litigates cases involving enforcement and review of the NLRB’s orders in the United States Courts of Appeals, and, working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, handles the Board’s Supreme Court caseload.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Burdick graduated from Mills College in 1993, and UC Hastings College of the Law in 1996, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly, and interned one summer for NLRB Judge William L. Schmidt. Following law school, Ms. Burdick earned an LL.M. degree at Georgetown University Law Center with an emphasis in Employment and Labor Law, and clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Branch, she worked as a staff attorney at the AFL-CIO’s General Counsel’s Office, and an associate at Bernabei and Katz in private practice.
In 2000, Ms. Burdick joined the then-Appellate Court Branch as a staff attorney. Before her promotion to Branch supervisor in 2010, Ms. Burdick worked half a year as Staff Labor Counsel for Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Labor Policy Office for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and served in various positions, including Vice President, of the union representing professionals working at NLRB Headquarters, the NLRB Professional Association.