Faith Jenkins
Born
Faith Elizabeth Jenkins

(1977-09-21) September 21, 1977 (age 44)
EducationLouisiana Tech University (BA)
Southern University (JD)
Occupation
  • Attorney
  • judge
  • legal commentator
  • television host
TitleMiss Louisiana (2000)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2020)
Websitewww.faithjenkins.com Edit this at Wikidata

Faith Elizabeth Jenkins-Lattimore (née Jenkins; born September 21, 1977) is an American attorney, legal commentator and media personality.[1] On March 11, 2014, she joined MSNBC as a legal analyst.[2] Currently, she is presiding judge over the long-running courtroom series Divorce Court. She was also the arbitrator on Judge Faith, a daytime court show, where she rendered decisions in a television courtroom.[3] The court show ended production in 2018.[4]

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 earned her bachelor's degree in political science.[1]

Jenkins was involved in beauty pageants and won several major titles. 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.[5]

Faith earned her Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she was ranked first in her class.[6][7]

On March 8, 2020, Faith married singer Kenny Lattimore.

Career

She started her legal career in the New York City office of Sidley Austin.[6] After five years as a litigator, she was an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting criminals at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Jenkins has appeared on CNN, MSNBC,[7] Fox News Channel[1] and Fox Business Channel as a legal analyst, on shows including Fox & Friends, The O'Reilly Factor,[1][7] Hannity,[1] 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,[3] a "nationally syndicated arbitration-based court" TV series[8] which premiered September 22, 2014.[7]

Jenkins is also a host of true crime documentary series entitled Justice By Any Means, which premiered on December 7, 2015, on TV One.[8]

As of the 2020-21 season, Jenkins has taken over for Judge Lynn Toler as the presiding judge on Divorce Court.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Faith Jenkins ('99)". LATech.edu. Louisiana Tech University. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Faith [@faithjenkins1] (11 March 2014). "I've officially joined @MSNBC as a legal analyst! THANK U for all the kind words, support & feedback last several months.The work continues!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 28, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b Jenkins, Faith [@faithjenkins1] (29 May 2014). "So excited to announce my new daytime TV show @JudgeFaithTV! Premieres this September. Real cases, real ppl, and -yes- I'm the judge! :)" (Tweet). Retrieved January 28, 2016 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Syndication Ratings: Only Sitcoms See Gains in Season's Final Week". Judge Faith. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Hawaiian Wins Miss America Pageant". ABC News. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Faith Jenkins". Yankwitt LLP. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Official website". FaithJenkins.com. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "TV One Adds 'Justice by Any Means' to Its Monday Night Crime and Justice Line-Up on December 7 at 10PM/ET". The Futon Critic (Press release). November 23, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
Awards and achievements Preceded byJulie Lawrence Miss Louisiana 2000 Succeeded byKati Guyton