Brittany Thomas, an attorney with the Chattanooga firm Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., was honored as a “Pro Bono Hero” by the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the second quarter of this year.
Ms. Thomas was one of only four attorneys chosen from throughout the United States for this honor. The Pro Bono Hero honorees are committed, passionate members of the immigration law community who are engaged in providing access to justice to lesser-served members of the immigrant population. AILA considered the honored attorneys as role models by virtue of their proven generosity with their time and resources, as well as being humanitarian-minded attorneys who are actively promoting the elevated professional values which pro bono work entails.
Ms. Thomas was recognized for her efforts to provide immigration-related legal services to all of the Chattanooga community. In addition to regularly taking pro bono and reduced fee cases, Ms. Thomas organized and ran the Chattanooga Alternative Spring Break Project with the University of Tennessee College of Law in March. That program allowed law students and attorney volunteers to work with Legal Aid of East Tennessee and La Paz of Chattanooga in assisting indigent immigrants with their applications for U.S. citizenship. Ms. Thomas also provides free consultations for local nonprofits and mentors other attorneys who are doing immigration-related pro bono work. In 2013, Ms. Thomas lent her participation to the AILA National "Voices of Pro Bono" video project in an effort to encourage AILA members to take the Pro Bono Pledge.
Ms. Thomas’ passion for pro bono goes back to her law school days, when she received the Law Student Volunteer Award from the Tennessee Bar Association in acknowledgement of her commitment to pro bono. Ms. Thomas joined Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison in 2012. She focuses her practice on immigration, including family-based immigration petitions and employment-based petitions.