The board oversees and plans activities to develop and maintain strong, loyal bonds between the college and its 36,000 arts and letters alumni. Among the activities of the association are mentoring programs, alumni leadership programs, scholarship programs, and awards to outstanding faculty in the liberal arts.
Ms. Burns first joined Miller Canfield in 1979, becoming a principal in 1987. Since 1994, she has served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. A labor and employment law attorney, her practice is focused in the automotive, governmental entities, public law, and school arenas.
She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and her B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University.
She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Economic Club of Detroit, Michigan Council of School Attorneys, International Personnel Management Association, Industrial Relations Research Association, Eleanor League (cofounder), Women Lawyers' Association of Michigan, Michigan State Bar Foundation, and numerous other professional and civic organizations.
In 1997, she was honored by "Crain's Detroit Business" as one of Detroit's Most Influential Women
She resides in Grosse Pointe.
The 300-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. , established in Detroit, Michigan in 1852, has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Troy, Washington, D.C., New York City, Pensacola, Florida, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland. The internet address is www.millercanfield.com.