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Vol. 25 No. 4 Pg. 38

Georgia Bar Journal

February, 2020

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Barnes and Thornburg LLP announced that partner Stephen Weizenecker was named chair of the Motion Picture, Television, Cable and Radio division of the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports industries, which brings together experienced industry individuals to provide educational resources and networking opportunities for attorneys working in this area of law. As chair, Weizenecker will lead the content and programming for the division. In addition, Weizenecker was also appointed to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission. As one of 18 members, Weizenecker will work with the governor and his team to maintain and expand the amount of film, television, music and digital entertainment in Georgia.

The firm also announced that managing partner John T.L. Koenig was elected to its Management Committee, which will provide leadership to the firm through 2020.

Carlton Fields, P.A., announced that D. Barret Broussard was elected president of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia (SBA), the statewide bar association devoted to the interests of LGBTQ legal professionals. SBA was founded in 1995 to serve many functions in the LGBTQ and legal communities throughout the state. Primarily, the organization was founded to develop a coalition of legal workers to utilize their professional expertise to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

FordHarrison LLP announced that Kristina Griffin was recognized by Atlanta Legal Aid as the 2019 Clayton & South Fulton Volunteer of the Year for her work through FordHarrison's F. Carter Tate Fellowship. Through the fellowship program, FordHarrison sponsors the work of a full-time attorney in partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid. Griffin's work with Atlanta Legal Aid included housing and disability benefits work.

Clark, Smith & Sizemore, LLC, announced that John Christopher "Chris" Clark was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). ACTL is composed of preeminent members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is recognized as the leading trial lawyers' organization in both countries. Fellowship is extended only by invitation, and after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who are eminently qualified, have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

The Patel Law Firm announced that Snehal "Sneh" Patel became the first Indian judge in the city of Bloomingdale, and records suggest that Patel is also the first Indian judge in Chatham County. Prior to opening his criminal defense firm, The Patel Law Firm, Patel served as a Chatham County assistant district attorney and a Liberty County public defender.

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) announced the appointment of retired Judge David Hoort as an attorney and consultant for the board. The ACRB is designed to provide citizen oversight of misconduct accusations against sworn members of the police and corrections departments in the city of Atlanta, and is comprised of 13 members selected from various constituencies throughout the city.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP announced that partner Tina Williams McKeon received the Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Leadership Award. As the current SEBIO chair, McKeon negotiated a merger between SEBIO and Southeastern Medical Device Association to...

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