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Miller Canfield Attorney Elected a Fellow of American College of Bond Counsel

September 26, 2005

Jerry T. Rupley, a principal in the Detroit office of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

He is a principal and currently serves as deputy resident director of the Detroit office, as well as non-resident director of the firm's Pensacola, Florida office. A member of the Public Law Group, he specializes in municipal finance.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1974, Rupley has acted as bond counsel or as underwriters’ counsel on a wide variety of bond issues, including higher education revenues bonds for both public and private colleges and universities, school building bonds, water and sewer revenue bonds, public power agency bonds, industrial development bonds, solid waste disposal bonds, hospital revenue bonds for public and private hospitals, and transportation and highway bonds. He also has represented banks providing letters of credit support for municipal bond transactions. In addition, as co-head of Miller Canfield's municipal securities area, he has been in charge of the firm's response to the changes in federal securities regulations applicable to municipal bonds.

Rupley is also a member of the American Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is listed in the Public Finance Law Section of the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

He received his law degree, cum laude, in 1974 from Harvard Law School, and his B.A. in 1971, with high honors, in political science and economics from Michigan State University.

A resident of Northville, Michigan, he is active in public school issues and has served as trustee and treasurer of the Board of Education of the Northville Public Schools.

Formed in 1995, the American College of Bond Counsel is a group of 195 highly experienced bond counsel representing every state of the union for the purpose of promoting the high standards of professional and ethical responsibility in the practice of municipal finance. Membership is by invitation after a nominating process by the existing members, and members must have demonstrated a career as a distinguished municipal law practitioner for a period of not less than 10 years. Each year, the College sponsors an educational lecture series and a forum for attorneys to meet and exchange ideas. Miller Canfield public law attorneys Joel L. Piell, Dennis R. Neiman, William J. Danhof and Jeffrey M. McHugh are members of the College.

The 350-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, Saginaw, 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.