In 1941, in Houston, Texas, Zinetta was the second of four children born to John and Thelma Arceneaux. At the age of seventeen, she gave birth to her only child, Sharon Maria Burney. A few years later, she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and completed her high school education by earning her G.E.D.

In 1968, Zinetta graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She is an alumnus of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

Attorney Zinetta A. Burney was the Senior Partner in the law firm of Burney & Foreman-- listed in the Bond Buyers Book qualifying the firm to practice in the area of Public Finance and Public Securities. Before being elected presiding Justice of the Peace of Harris County Court Precinct 7,  Burney served as Special Judge for various Harris County Criminal Courts.

Awards & Service...

Zinetta has received numerous awards. She has been recognized by the City of Houston, Housing Authority of the City of Houston, NAACP ­ Alex Award, United Negro College Fund, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston Lawyers Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Chapter, United Cerebral Palsy Association, Riverside General Hospital, YMCA, the Houston Sun, the Houston Defender, The Prestage Woods Women's Legal Society, the Missouri City Chapter of Links, Inc., Channel 13's Women of Distinction, Houston Black Firefighters Association, and Texas Legislative Black Caucus.

Burney's past service includes the University of Houston System Board of Regents having been appointed by Governor Ann Richards, Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Houston, Mayor Lee P. Brown's Transition Coordinating Committee, and Boards of the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, Jesse Jackson Academy, Donald R. Watkins Aids Foundation, Main Street Market Square Redevelopment Authority. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Third Ward Redevelopment Council, South Main Center Association, Main Street Coalition, Old Spanish Trail/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority. She is a Senior Fellow of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Leadership Forum.


Judge Zinetta Burney

Who is
Zinetta Burney?

Zinetta Burney is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Bar Association, United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Houston Lawyers Association, and Houston Bar Association.

Judge Zinetta A. Burney became the presiding judge of Harris County Justice of the Peace Court (Precinct 7, Place 2) on January 1, 2005. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Burney was in the private practice of law for approximately thirty years