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Miller Canfield Attorney Named President of MSU College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association Board of Directors

October 25, 2004

Beverly Hall Burns, a principal and the deputy CEO of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., has been named to a two-year term as President of the Board of Directors of Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters Alumni Association.

The Arts & Letters Alumni Association is a key link between the College and its graduates, providing input on strategic planning and the program direction; it also is a critical component in the College's fundraising efforts. The Association funds and awards grants to faculty as well as to students, and sponsors alumni events throughout the year.

At Miller Canfield, Burns practices labor law, representing both private and public sector employers in NLRB and state employment relations matters; labor negotiations; contract administration; and arbitration. She also represents clients on employment discrimination matters before federal and state agencies and courts; she handles Section 301 and other employment-related litigation, and general labor-related matters. She is also part of the firm’s School Law Group, specializing in school labor matters including cases under Michigan’s Teacher Tenure Act as well as in special education, student discipline, Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act issues.

She is a member of the Michigan Bar Association’s Labor Law Section; the American Bar Association’s Labor Law Section and Committee on Law Firm Management; Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association; Michigan Council of Schools Attorneys; and National Council of School Attorneys. She is past Chair of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Board of Directors, serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Detroit, is a fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation, and Chair of the board of trustees of the Michigan Women’s Foundation. She is also a member of the MSU's National Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan.

She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University.

She resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

The 330-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. was established in Detroit in 1852 and has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, and Troy, Michigan. Other offices are located in New York City, Pensacola, Florida, Washington, D.C., Windsor, Ontario, and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland.