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Attorney Elected to Board

June 25, 2002

Beverly Hall Burns of the Detroit office of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. has been elected to the board of trustees of the Michigan Women's Foundation (MWF).

Because women and girls continue to face significant barriers and challenges in reaching their full potential, the MWF promotes economic self-sufficiency and personal well-being for women and girls to maximize their contributions to society by providing assistance and funds to nonprofit organizations serving women and girls; by educating the general public policymakers and donors; and by encouraging women and girls to exercise their responsibilities as philanthropists.

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, Eleanor League (cofounder), Michigan State Bar Foundation, and numerous other professional and civic organizations including the College of Arts and Letters Alumni Association of Michigan State University, presently serving as vice-president of the board of directors.

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