Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright is currently employed as the General Counsel of the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission (GAC). Prior to joining GAC, Ms. Jenkins-Wright spent 12 years as a litigator, with the law firms of Hinshaw & Culbertson and later Greene and Letts (n/k/a Zuber Lawler & Del Duca), specializing in product liability, medical malpractice, and Section 1983 civil rights actions. Ms. Jenkins-Wright has participated and assisted in various aspects of trials including being the second chair in a four-day federal jury trial and being the lead counsel in several Illinois Circuit Court bench trials. She has taken numerous depositions including the depositions of parties, witnesses, treating physicians and experts. Ms. Jenkins-Wright has drafted and argued numerous motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, final pretrial orders, motions in limine, miscellaneous pleadings, and jury instructions. She has drafted both Federal and Illinois State appellate briefs.
Ms. Jenkins-Wright is a past president of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA). During Ms. Jenkins-Wright’s Presidency, BWLA hosted a three-day National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, which addressed various issues relevant to black women attorneys and the minority community. Ms. Jenkins-Wright is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), where she is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law, also serving on the ISBA Assembly and Bench & Bar Section. Ms. Jenkins-Wright 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, the oldest Association of African-American lawyers and judges in the country.
Ms. Jenkins-Wright has received numerous awards and recognitions for her legal prowess and community involvement, including: 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.
Ms. Jenkins-Wright received her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law graduating magna cum laude in 2003. She graduated magna cum laude from Valparaiso University in 2000. She was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 2003 and admitted to the Northern District of Illinois in 2004.