This year, expert legal commentator and successful attorney, Faith Jenkins embarks on the premiere season of JUDGE FAITH for BOUNCE TV, the nation’s first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network for African American audiences. She’ll be bringing her tough love and no-nonsense style of justice and analysis into her own courtroom for viewers across America.
Faith has provided her extensive legal analysis of some of the nation’s most high profile cases on networks such as FOX News, CNN, HLN and MSNBC.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Faith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana Tech University and a J.D. from Southern University’s law school in Baton Rouge, LA, where she ranked first in her law class. Her first job out of law school was in New York City as a litigator at Sidley Austin, one of the most prestigious law firms in the country, where she helped represent numerous high-profile clients in a diverse array of complex commercial litigation matters.
After five years as a Wall Street litigator, Faith joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as a criminal prosecutor. Once there, Faith worked on hundreds of criminal cases, including indicting and prosecuting a multitude of violent crimes. Faith became known among her colleagues, judges, jurors and court staff as a tough, but fair, trial attorney. After the Manhattan DA’s Office, Faith transitioned back into private practice with a New York litigation firm specializing in resolving business disputes, white-collar defense and government investigations as well as other civil and criminal matters.
Prior to establishing her career in litigation, Faith reigned as Miss Louisiana 2000. She went on to not only place first runner up to Miss America 2001, but also made history as the only contestant in the pageant’s history to be awarded all three of the following awards: Swimsuit, Talent and the coveted Quality of Life National Community Service Award, which recognized her volunteer work in literacy and education.
Faith placed as 1st runner up at Miss America 2001, gained a national presence, and began traveling extensively, addressing the important issues facing her community and the nation. During her year of service, she spoke to students in some of the most economically depressed areas of the country, extending her reach to young people in juvenile facilities and boot camps, motivating them to overcome life’s obstacles and pursue their dreams. She remains active in the Miss America Organization and judges state preliminaries every year.