Congratulations to Kenya Jenkins-Wright (’03)! She was named a Top 50 Women in Law by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer during its 2nd Annual Salute. Nominees were evaluated by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer Women’s Advisory Board and chosen by the CDLB & CL selection committee for their work to mentor and promote other women in the profession, their success in the legal community, and being a shining example of leadership.
Kenya is General Counsel of the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission (GAC). Prior to joining GAC, Kenya spent 12 years as a litigator with the law firms of Hinshaw & Culbertson and later Greene and Letts, specializing in product liability, medical malpractice, and Section 1983 civil rights actions. Kenya is a past president of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), where she is currently the co-chair for the ISBA’s newly created Steering Committee on Racial Inequality, former chair of the Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law, and member of the ISBA Assembly and Bench & Bar Section. Kenya is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation and a past president of the Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board. She is also a past board member of the Cook County Bar Association. Kenya has received numerous awards and recognitions for her legal prowess and community involvement, including: 2020 IBF Changemaker Award, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin “40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch”, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Star of the Year Award, National Bar Association’s 40 Under Forty Award, Illinois Super Lawyer, Cook County Bar Association’s Junior Counselor Award, and Cook County Bar Association’s President’s Award.
Kenya is the immediate past secretary of the NIU College of Law Board of Visitors and past recipient of the NIU Law Excellence in Service and Leadership Award.