finds time to be active in her community. As a young lawyer, Judge Jenkins sought out leadership development through the Metropolitan Area Committee Leadership Forum, United Way Women’s Leadership Council and was active with the Black Women’s Health Project of Louisiana. Her commitment has always been to service projects and ministry that encourages and empowers youth and women.
During her career as a lawyer, she served as a CASA, volunteered with Junior Achievement Success Skills, New Orleans Teen Court, Biz-Link Law Project, Big Brothers/Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, LEAP Tutor and Kids at Risk Project (Federal Bar Association). As a lawyer, she offered pro bono services to the homeless and Veterans populations in the City of New Orleans through Project H.E.L.P. Additionally, she served on Governor Kathleen Blanco’s Transition Advisory Committee for the Department of Corrections.
Lunch & Learn – Phelps Dunbar LLP
Valid, Final Judgments
LOUISIANA JUDICIAL COLLEGE
Victim & Perpetrator Behavior (2020 City, Family, Juvenile Judges Seminar)
Inter-Circuit Conflicts and Perspectives on Appellate Review
Criminal Fines, Fees and Court Costs
LOUISIANA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
Appellate Advocacy & Judicial Deliberation
The Politics of Judging
Advanced Appellate Practice - The View – Hot Topics of Appellate Process
Advanced Appellate Practice – Conflicts within the Circuits
Goldilocks Problem: Motions In Limine - Judges Wishes?
Effective Mediations and Settlement Techniques
The role of deference between the trial and appellate courts
Jury Selection and Mock Trials – The processes and the Law
The Voir Dire Process as Interpreted in LA Jurisprudence
NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE
Dissenting With Grace
The Politics of Judging
Discussion Leader – “Contemporary Threats to the Independent Judiciary and Freedom of the Press”
ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ATTORNEYS
The Ethics of Writ Practice
NEW ORLEANS BAR ASSOCIATION
Writ Practice – The ABC’s Abuses, Benefits, and Consideration by the Courts
The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education sponsors JUDGES IN THE CLASSROOM and the ADULT CIVICS EDUCATION PROGRAM. Judge Jenkins enjoys visiting schools and community organizations to share about the law.
JUDGE JENKINS LAW CAMPS
Shortly after her election, Judge Jenkins developed Judge Jenkins Law Camp. The law camp is designed as an educational tool to encourage dialogue about the law. In 2014, her inaugural camp was a youth and young adult camp which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. After more than a dozen Law Camps, the camps have evolved into three distinct series:
JWOB – Justice Without Bias
JWOB Law camps address relevant legal issues in our community. Justice Without Bias Camps include – constitutional issues associated with encounters with law enforcement, criminal justice reform, Elder law, Domestic Violence.
Law Body and Soul
This camp is a marriage between the law and spirituality. As a Jurist and Minister, Judge Jenkins offers for consideration the relationship between the Law, Spirituality, and our entire being. Law Body and Soul Camps include - Violence Against Women and Girls, Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking, Behavioral Health Courts on the Opiate Addiction and Mental Health
The Civility of Civics
Judge Jenkins educates on the basic precepts of the role of government and our civic responsibilities as citizens. Civility of Civics Camps include – rights and responsibilities of citizens – voting, jury duty; know your government; respect and responsibility for family and community.
All three camps incorporate age appropriate youth and young adult curricula.
Judge Jenkins is a former board member of the Greg K. Monroe Foundation, Inc., the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LAFASA) and the Alliance for Affordable Energy. She currently serves as a board member of Operation Restoration, an organization supporting women and girls impacted by incarceration. She participates with the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force.
Judge Jenkins serves in leadership capacity on various boards and holds membership in National, State, and Local Bar Associations.
Louisiana Women’s Incarceration Task Force.
Board of Directors for Operation Restoration
Pink Executive Council for Making Strides against Breast Cancer.
Mentor for the Legal Education Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program. This program embraces aspiring law students from HBCUs (Dillard, SUNO, and Xavier Universities) in the greater New Orleans area.
At the 2019 Annual Meeting for the National Association of Women Judges, Judge Jenkins was appointed as the District 6 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) State chair.