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Berden Appointed to 555 Gallery/Studio Board of Directors

July 23, 2007

BerdenDETROIT (July 23, 2007) – Lisa M. Berden, a 2003 Wayne State University Law School alumna and a current associate in the Detroit office of Miller Canfield, was recently appointed to the board of directors of 555 Gallery/Studio in Detroit, a charitable organization.

“Wayne State University Law School congratulates Lisa Berden on her appointment to the board of directors of 555 Gallery/Studio,” said Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Lisa continues to make the Law School proud through her philanthropic involvement in the Detroit community. We wish her continued success.”

According to its Web site, the core mission of 555 Gallery/Studio is to further enrich and diversify cultural life in the greater Metro-Detroit area. In support of this mission 555 facilitates the development of emerging artists. 555 offers exhibition/installation space, leads and collaborates in the development of programs for the visual and performing arts, and provides workspace for practicing artists.

Berden practices federal tax law, including significant work with nonprofit and charitable organizations at Miller Canfield. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Women Lawyers of Michigan, and the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group.

A resident of Madison Heights, Berden served as an assistant editor of the Law Review and on the Student Board of Governors while pursuing a J.D. at Wayne State University Law School. Prior to that, she received her B.A. from Michigan State University where she majored in English and Political Science. She also received a provisional teaching certificate from Central Michigan University and taught high school before becoming an attorney.

Founded in 1927 as Detroit City Law School, Wayne State University Law School is the only public law school in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of AALS; has five live-client clinics; the Arthur Neef Law Library with a collection of over 620,000 volumes in a variety of formats; and a state-of-the-art building with lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, and offices for student groups.  The Law School currently has 800 students and approximately 11,000 living alumni working in 48 states and 15 foreign countries. 

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