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As a small business owner and a working mother, Shanda empathizes with the struggles faced by both working families and small business owners in Mississippi. As the product of a working middle-class family, Shanda also understands and values hard work and a strong work ethic. As a public school graduate, Shanda fully appreciates the importance of quality public education and a system that promotes and encourages the teachers who are educating the children of Mississippi.

Mississippians need elected officials who understand the importance of working together, beyond party lines, to better our State. Shanda’s legal career has been equally divided between representing small business owners, Fortune 500 companies, and injured Mississippians. Having advocated on behalf of such a wide range of clients, Shanda has a unique, balanced perspective. She can listen to and understand the concerns of a diverse constituency, and bring her experience to bear in working towards finding common ground to effectively serve all Mississippians.    

Shanda obtained her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as an editor of the Law Review. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Hinds Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Shanda is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Mississippi Association for Justice and the Junior League of Jackson. She has also been a member of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association where she served as editor of the MDLA Quarterly for several years.

Shanda is a partner at Burns & Associates, PLLC where she practices with her husband and business partner, Yancy Burns. Yancy is a combat veteran deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Mississippi Army National Guard. Shanda and Yancy are the proud parents of Evan, their spirited four-year-old son.

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