Justice Lynn Burris





Justice Lynn Burris has the distinction of setting on the highest court of the Cherokee Nation during two separate terms.  His first term began in 1983 for four years.  His current ten year term began in 2015.  

Lynn Burris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern State University and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He has served as an attorney or judge for more than 45 years in county, federal and tribal courts. 

He has also served as an adjunct professor at NSU and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Cherokee County Bar Association.

Burris was most recently a judge for the CN Administrative Appeals Board, where he presided over Tribal Employment Rights Office appeals.**

**From Cherokee Phoenix article published 1/13/2015 http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Article/index/8834   

Justice Lynn Burris, Judicial Appeals Tribunial Term


An Associate District Judge for Judicial District Number 15 of the state of Oklahoma, Judge Burris received his legal training at the University of Oklahoma Law School where he graduated in 1968. After playing on the state Championship football team at Muskogee High School, Burris attended Northeastern State University. While attaining his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma University, he was a member of the National Championship football team. From 1968 until 1973, Judge Burris served as an Assistant District Attorney in Sequoyah and Cherokee Counties as well as having a private practice. Judge Burris assumed his present position on the bench in 1973. Judge Lynn Burris was approved to the Judicial Appeals Tribunal in 1983 after his appointment by Principal Chief Ross Swimmer.* 


*Biographical information taken from “The First Fifteen Years of the Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal” written by George N. Otey, III in 1990.