Judge Faith Jenkins set to be SU fall commencement speaker

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Judge Faith Jenkins, host of a nationally televised court TV show, will serve as Southern University's fall commencement speaker. 

Originally from Louisiana, Jenkins graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana Tech University (where she was also the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss Louisiana Tech University) and a J.D. from Southern University law school (where she ranked #1 in her law class). She went on to become Miss Louisiana in the year 2000. She then went on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant, where was first runner up. 

Jenkins began her legal career in New York in the litigation group at Sidley Austin. After five years as a commercial litigator, she became a prosecutor at the Manhattan District attorney’s office. As a prosecutor, Jenkins handled hundreds of criminal cases and was the lead attorney in numerous jury trials. Her work included indicting and prosecuting a multitude of violent crimes such as gang assaults, robberies, burglaries, kidnapping, drug sales, and firearms cases.

Jenkins is also known for her legal and social commentary on television. Prior to signing as a legal analyst exclusively with MSNBC, she appeared regularly on CNN, Fox News, and HLN to analyze the nation’s most high profile cases and legal issues.

The program is set for Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

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