Beauty pageant titleholder
Hometown Shreveport, Louisiana
Residence New York City
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University
Southern University Law Center
Occupation Judge, Attorney, Model
Title(s) Miss Louisiana 2000
Miss Louisiana Tech 1998
competition(s) Miss America 2001 (first runner-up)
Faith Jenkins is a daytime television show judge, attorney and legal commentator in New York City. On March 11, 2014, she officially joined MSNBC as a legal analyst.
A native of Louisiana, she graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science at Louisiana Tech University where, in 1998, she became the first African-American woman to win the Miss Louisiana Tech title. In 2000, she won the Miss Louisiana title and advanced to compete in the Miss America 2001 competition, where she was named first runner-up, winner of the Quality of Life award, and preliminary winner in swimsuit and talent.
Faith earned her Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center where she was ranked first in her class. She started her legal career in the New York City office of Sidley Austin. After five years as a litigator, she joined the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as a criminal prosecutor.She was also a judge for 2 1/2 years She is now Of Counsel at Yankwitt LLP in White Plains, where her practice focuses on business disputes.
Jenkins appears regularly on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel as a legal analyst, including Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Studio B with Shepard Smith, Happening Now, Fox Business Channel’s Lou Dobbs Forum, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Willis Report, and truTV’s In Session, MSNBC's Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton among others. She has also contributed opinion editorials addressing current events in the New York Daily News.
On May 29, 2014, it was announced that she would headline as a judge on a new daytime television show, Judge Faith, premiering in September 2014.
Jenkins is also a host of true crime documentary series entitled Justice By Any Means, which premiered on December 7, 2015, on TV One.