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Burr & Forman has hired Susan Longo as its new chief marketing officer, replacing Erin Meszaros, who has moved to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as its chief business development and marketing officer.

Longo was the president of a legal consultancy, Business Development for Lawyers, and has worked as chief business development officer for Smith, Gambrell & Russell and director of marketing for Arnall Golden Gregory. She is based in the Birmingham firm's Atlanta office. Meszaros was the chief marketing officer for Powell Goldstein before joining Burr in 2009.

Barnes & Thornburg has re-named Stuart Johnson managing partner for its Atlanta office.

The Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, which is part of the Atlanta Bar Association, raised $22,788 for local pro bono organizations in its 2013 associates campaign. More than 140 associates and their firms contributed this year, led by Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore ($9,270), Taylor English Duma ($2,501), and Alston & Bird ($1,380). Eight law firms provided matching funds for all or part of associates' contributions.

Associates from 31 firms volunteered to exhort their colleagues to donate, led by campaign co-chairs Rick Bold of Bondurant and Matt Simmons of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers.

The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center has received $25,000 from the Community Foundation of Atlanta's new civic engagement fund for its work encouraging Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Asian-ethnic refugees to vote and run for office. This population is the fastest-growing electorate in the country, according to Census data.

"Our Vote for Our Future campaign is designed to help new Americans be fully represented at every level and integrate them into the democratic process," said AALAC's executive director, Helen Ho, in a statement. Last year AALAC helped to register more than 1,400 new voters and led more than 80 voter registration drives.

Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law has named Anita Wallace Thomas to its board of visitors. Thomas is an alumnae of Mercer's law school and a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

A University of Georgia moot court team won first place and the best petitioner brief award for Region 5 in the 64th annual National Moot Court Competition. Third-year students Steven Strasberg, Benjamin Thorpe and Emily Westberry defeated teams from Emory University and Stetson University and will advance to the national tier of the tournament in New York in February, where they will compete against the top 30 teams from around the country. The competition is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New York City Bar Association. More than 150 teams from U.S. law schools compete each year.

Labor and employment firm Fisher & Phillips won first place for its FMLA leave calculator app in the Legal Marketing Association Southeastern Chapter's social/interactive media category of the Your Honor Awards. The app allows an employer to calculate how much leave an employee has under the Family and Medical Leave Act when calculating time-off requests. The app, developed with Saturno Design, can be found at http://www.laborlawyers.com/FMLALeaveApp.

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