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Posted by: Stephanie Vonnahme on Feb 28, 2018

This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight. For the month of February, the YLD is highlighting Brittany T. Faith.

Brittany T. Faith, an Oak Ridge native, practices in the Immigration Group at Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. in Chattanooga with a focus on family based immigration, employment based immigration, and other individual immigration matters. Faith was recently re-elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division Board as East Tennessee Governor.
 
Faith attended Penn State for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated with honors in only 3 years earning a Political Science degree and a double-minor in history and sociology.  She then went on to the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was Director of UT’s Pro Bono Program, Treasurer of Law Women, the ABA Representative for the Student Bar Association, and a law school member of the local Inns of Court, among other activities. While in law school, Faith became immersed and gained invaluable experience in immigration law working at several immigration non-profits throughout Tennessee such as Community Legal Center in Memphis and Catholic Charities of East Tennessee in Knoxville. She created the law school’s U Visa Alternative Spring Break Program, a program where students completed U Visa applications on behalf of low-income domestic violence victims. Faith’s public servant attitude and hard work did not go unnoticed as she was selected as the 2011 Tennessee Bar Association Law Student Volunteer of the Year and the 2011 Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Donald F. Paine Volunteer Student of the Year Award.
 
Since entering private practice, Faith has been extremely active in the Bar and in immigration work in Chattanooga and throughout the Southeast. Her accomplishments and leadership roles are too numerous to fully list but a sampling includes the following: Vice Chair of American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) Mid-South Chapter; Past President of Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (CBA YLD); Past President of Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW), a group she helped reinvigorate; East Tennessee Governor and Executive Committee Member of Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) and former Public Education Chair, East Tennessee Wills for Heroes Chair, and East Tennessee CLE Chair; among others. Faith has continued to earn accolades and honors including AILA’s Pro Bono Hero Award (2014), the Chattanooga Bar Association YLD Volunteer of the Year Award (2014), a finalist for the Young Professionals of Chattanooga Civic Impact Award (2015), the TBA YLD President’s Special Recognition Award (2017), and La Paz’s Volunteer of the Year Award (2017). 
 
Faith was named a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017. She has organized, hosted, and volunteered at dozens of clinics, presentations, and CLEs throughout Tennessee, and she has been published multiple times in various legal journals. She also frequently appears on local news and media outlets discussing immigration issues. Faith is very proud of the Know Your Rights program that has educated literally thousands of Tennesseans on their legally afforded protections and rights. She also facilitated the Power of Attorney project partnership with the TBA YLD and the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), which has given hundreds of families in Tennessee peace of mind in cases where children are at risk of falling into the foster care system due to one or both parents being detained or deported. Her passion and desire to volunteer extends beyond the legal arena as she has served for several years on the Board of Directors for La Paz, a non-profit organization that empowers and advocates for Chattanooga’s Hispanic and Latino population.
 
Brittany’s take action leadership has inspired countless others to get involved and give back to their community. On a personal note, Brittany had a big month – she just celebrated a milestone birthday that starts with a “3” and ends with a “0.” Faith is married to Chattanooga attorney and fellow TBA YLD Board Member, Justin B. Faith, and their world is about to forever change as they are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in early May. When Faith’s not busy working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling and some of her favorite recent trips within the past year include Paris, Florence (Italy), and St. Maarten.
 
Please join us in congratulating Brittany T. Faith as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
 
Please send nominations for the March 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.
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