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Monica Burkert-Brist has served the Department of Justice in a variety of managerial and litigation capacities since 1994. She currently serves as a Deputy Unit Director for Civil Rights in the Civil Litigation Unit where her work encompasses complex litigation of all kinds involving state agencies, employees and officials and as a member of the Department’s Native American treaty rights litigation team.
Monica’s career prior to joining the Attorney General’s staff included several years in private practice where her practice emphasized complex civil litigation and employment law. She served in government before attending law school as a legislative assistant to the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly and as Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) during the term of Governor Anthony S. Earl.
Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate cum laude of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is a certified instructor in Trial Advocacy by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has served as an adjunct instructor in Trial Advocacy for the University of Wisconsin Law School. She regularly serves as faculty for litigation training programs sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General and was named NAGTRI’s 2013 Faculty Member of the Year.