There’s a new judge set to rule, and her name is Faith Jenkins. Her show, Judge Faith, follows a long history of diversity in reality courtroom series. The popular shows have blazed trails by having black men and women at the forefront. Though blacks make up 6-8 percent of all judges in the American legal system, at one time, 6 out of 10 judges on daytime court shows were black. Judge Faith is set to premiere Sept 22. With a new judge to watch, we take a look at some of our favorite judges:
Judge Faith Jenkins
A Louisiana native, Jenkins has worn many hats. Before earning her law degree, she was Miss Louisiana 2000 and the first runner-up for Miss America 2001. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University and entered Southern University’s law school, where she ranked No. 1 in her class. After graduating from law school, Jenkins became a litigator at the prestigious Sidley Austin firm in New York City. She spent five years at Sidley Austin and then became a criminal prosecutor for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Before getting her own reality court series, she was most known as her role as a legal analyst for CNN, MSNBC and Fox.