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MEET TIFFANY

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Tiffany Burks grew up in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas.  One of six children, Tiffany was raised with a strong sense of faith, family, and service to others.  Her father, a WWII veteran, served this country from the  young age of 15 until 19 as a member of the US Army.  At the end of his service to his country, his commitment to education as a path to a better life prompted him to re-enter high school at 19 as a sophomore, graduate from high school at the age of 21 and enroll in Tuskegee Institute (now known as Tuskegee University) in Alabama. He would marry Tiffany's mother, who also had a heart of service and commitment to others. She would obtain a nursing degree, but ultimately, made the role of matriarch and homemaker her priority.  Together they passed the legacy of education and service on to their children, with all six graduating from college and several going on to acquire post-graduate degrees.

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Tiffany attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and government. She went on to study law and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University in 1997.  Upon passing the Texas state bar in that same year, Tiffany’s journey as a prosecuting attorney began and would continue over the next 24 years. She began her career as an assistant district attorney in Fort Bend County, Texas where she followed her passion to serve others.  Faith and family drew Tiffany back to the metroplex where she continued her service at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office on January 4, 1999. Over time, she earned a reputation amongst prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges of being reasonable and fair but also tough and able to understand facts and context.  During her service to the Tarrant County community, Tiffany prosecuted some of its most violent offenders and always exercised sound judgment in determining how to handle the cases, whether offering rehabilitation to those who could benefit from mistakes in judgment or assisting victims of crime. 

 

Tiffany has an expanse of criminal trial experience that includes misdemeanors, juvenile cases, gang cases, gun crimes under a grant with the US Department of Justice, family violence cases, multi-defendant prosecutions, homicides, and capital murder litigation. In 2008 after years of dedicated service, Tiffany was promoted to felony court chief. Then in 2015, she again was promoted to deputy chief over the criminal division.  

 

In addition to an extensive professional career of service, Tiffany has served in many capacities for a number of local and state organizations, including the Board of Regents of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association (president), the Tarrant County Bar Association (current member), Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and Project Safe Neighborhood of Fort Worth.  She has shared her legal knowledge across the state and presented at conferences with the State Bar of Texas and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Her work has culminated in her receiving numerous awards including the L. Clifford Davis Legal Excellence Award, the Trailblazer Award, an Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law recipient from the Texas Lawyer Magazine, and recognition as a Top Attorney in Criminal Law by Fort Worth magazine.

Tiffany's most treasured moments are with her family.  Sunday dinner at her mother's home with the entire family is a storied tradition. She is married to retired Army Colonel Glennie Burks who served this nation for 34 years at home and abroad, including two separate tours in Iraq. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and are members of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas.