Baton Rouge, LA
Southern University Law Center, JD; Louisiana State University, B.A., Political Science; Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, MPA. In 2013, Judge Jenkins completed the Louisiana Supreme Court‘s Judicial Leadership Institute. Judge Jenkins also completed the New York University School of Law's Institute for Appellate Judges and the George Mason University School of Law Economics Institute for Judges.
Office and Positions
Judge Jenkins is a former Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Orleans and a former Staff Attorney, Central Staff, Court of Appeal, 4th Circuit. Judge Jenkins was an Associate and of counsel with the law firm of Scheuermann & Jones, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to her election to the bench, she was a solo practitioner and served as a CJA panel attorney in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana. Judge Jenkins presented at CLE programs nationally and locally on the topic of representation of juvenile offenders in federal court. In the fall of 2010, Judge Jenkins joined the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana, as an Assistant Professor. She teaches pre-law courses.
Louisiana State Bar Association (Co-chair Children’s Law Committee); The New Orleans Bar Association; The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
The National Association of Women Judges; The American Judges Association; Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association; Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal Judges Association; American Bar Association.
Throughout her professional career, Judge Jenkins has volunteered her services with community projects and organizations. She served as a H.E.L.P. volunteer which is an organization that offers pro bono services to the homeless population and Veterans in the City of New Orleans. Judge Jenkins is a board member of Greg K. Monroe Foundation, Inc. and the Alliance for Affordable Energy. Judge Jenkins is a 2011 graduate of the Junior League of New Orleans “Get On Board” Program (training to serve on a Board of Directors). She has been a CASA, Teen Court, and Junior Achievement volunteer. Additionally, Judge Jenkins participates in annual Law Day activities at local schools. For the past 24 years, Judge Jenkins has been a part the ministries of First Emanuel Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she currently serves on the Ministerial Staff with the responsibilities of curriculum development and writing, teaching, and ministry for women of violence.