Beauty pageant titleholder
Born September 21, 1977 (age 38)
Hometown Shreveport, Louisiana
Residence New York City
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University
Southern University Law Center
Occupation attorney, media personality, model
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Louisiana 2000
Miss Louisiana Tech 1998
competition(s) Miss America 2001 (first runner-up)
Faith Jenkins, (born September 21, 1977) is an American attorney, legal commentator and media personality. On March 11, 2014, she officially joined MSNBC as a legal analyst. She is also featured in Judge Faith, rendering decisions as a judge in a television courtroom.
1 Early life and education
Early life and education
A native of Louisiana, she graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana.
She attended nearby Louisiana Tech University where she was a Tech Pom Pon Girl. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science in 1999.
Jenkins was involved in beauty pageants and won several major titles. In 1998, she was 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 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 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 was an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting criminals at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. She was an associate at Yankwitt LLP in White Plains, where her practice focused on business disputes.
Jenkins has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel as a legal analyst, on shows including Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton, Studio B with Shepard Smith, Happening Now, Lou Dobbs Forum, Your World with Neil Cavuto, and Willis Report, as well as truTV’s In Session. 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 daytime TV show Judge Faith, a "nationally syndicated arbitrations-based court" TV series which premiered September 22, 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.