Faith Jenkins is an American lawyer, legal and social commentator, and a television personality. She is best known for being the host and arbitrator of her television courtroom show ‘Judge Faith’. Before becoming a famous media personality, she was a beauty pageant contestant and even won several titles. Using her law degree, she then went on to have a successful decade-long legal career in New York, starting off with a job in a high-profile firm, then working as a prosecutor at the District Attorney's Office and later moving onto her own private practice. She then started doing legal and social commentary on television, appearing as an analyst on several news channels, and bagged the role of a legal analyst at a prominent news channel soon after. Simultaneously, she also wrote on current events for several newspapers. Soon, she got her own nationally syndicated daytime courtroom show ‘Judge Faith’. She has since then continued to stay in the public eye with appearances as a panelist on talk shows and actively judging various ‘Miss America’-related pageants. She is very active on social media, but remains very private about her personal life.
Before she became a media personality or even had a legal career, Faith Jenkins was a beauty pageant contestant. She got her first taste of a beauty pageant win when she won the ‘Miss Louisiana Tech University’ title at school and became the first African-American woman to do so. In 2000, she competed in and won the ‘Miss Louisiana’ title to move onto the ‘Miss America 2001’ competition. She finished as the first runner-up in that competition, but also made history by winning three awards – ‘Quality of Life’, talent and swimsuit awards. As a reigning beauty queen, she travelled extensively, meeting people from all walks of life and motivated them to pursue a higher life and fulfill their dreams.
She then pursued a legal career, starting off as a litigator at the office of ‘Sidley Austin’ in New York, handling prestigious cases for the firm, including white-collar crimes, class-action suits, etc. After five years as a Wall Street litigator, she took on the role of Assistant District Attorney at the offices of Manhattan’s District Attorney (DA). As a public prosecutor, she handled many criminal cases including violent crimes, robberies, narcotics, gang assaults, etc. After working at the DA’s Office for some time, she decided to go into private practice with a firm in New York that focused on white-collar defence, government investigations, and resolution of criminal and civil disputes.
During 2012, she started making appearances as a legal analyst on several news channels giving her legal opinion on the various stages of the high-profile ‘Florida v. Zimmerman’ trial. She was seen almost daily on all major news channel shows, especially ‘Politics Nation’, during the entire period of the trial. She soon became a recognized face on television and started to appear as a legal analyst on various news network shows like ‘Happening Now’, ‘Hannity’, ‘Fox & Friends’, ‘Studio B with Shepard Smith’, and more. Simultaneously, she also started forging an alternate career path in the print media, giving her opinion on current events in editorial columns of publications like ‘Daily News’ in New York City.
In March 2014, she became a legal analyst for the ‘MSNBC’ network, and continued her career as a legal and social commentator for the channel. Soon after, in May, she bagged her own nationally syndicated courtroom-based arbitration show called ‘Judge Faith’. The show made its debut in September 2014 and featured her as a courtroom judge listening to and delivering judgment on cases brought before her. The show ran for three seasons and enjoyed much popularity due to her no-nonsense style of justice that she delivered with kindness and compassion. In December 2015, she hosted a crime documentary series called ‘Justice By Any Means’.
After the end of her courtoom show, she continued to work in the entertainment business, appearing as a panelist on talk shows like ‘The Meredith Vieira Show’, ‘The Wendy Williams Show’, and appearances on shows like ‘Hollywood Today Live’, ‘The Willis Report’, etc. She is also actively involved in the ‘Miss America Organization’ and judges many state-level pageants every year. She is very active on all forms of social media with thousands of followers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and she even has her own website.
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Family & Personal Life
Faith Jenkins was born on September 21, 1977, in Louisiana, USA. Details about her parents and siblings are not known. She attended the ‘C.E. Byrd High School’ in Shreveport, Louisiana, and then went to ‘Louisiana Tech University’ to earn a bachelor's degree in political science. She topped her class at the ‘Southern University Law Center’ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to earn a ‘Juris Doctor’ degree.
It is unknown if she is married or in a relationship with anybody, for she has managed to keep her romantic life under wraps. She currently shuttles between New York, Los Angeles and Louisiana depending on her work and family commitments.