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Bryanna A. Jenkins

2020-2021 George N. Lindsay Fellow

Bryanna A. Jenkins is the 2020-2021 George N. Lindsay Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

She earned a J.D. at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL in 2019, with a certificate in Public Interest Law. As a student she interned with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, ACLU of Illinois, and a host of civil rights law firms in Chicago. She was a student attorney in DePaul’s Civil Rights Legal Clinic where she worked on a variety of police misconduct and prisoner’s rights cases. Bryanna served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ruben J. Castillo (Chief Judge) on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Diane J. Larsen on the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division. She served as a staff editor of the DePaul Journal for Social Justice.

While in law school, she published her article Birth Certificate with a Benefit: Using LGBTQ Jurisprudence to Make the Argument for a Transgender Person’s Constitutional Right to Amended Identity Documents was published in the Winter 2019 edition of the CUNY Law Review. Her scholarly writings examine the intersections of racial, gender, and queer identities under the law. Additionally, she was a scholar and subsequent mentor for the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) which provides intensive mentorship to first-year women of color law students.

Prior to law school, Jenkins founded and led the Baltimore Transgender Alliance to serve the political interests of transgender people in the Baltimore metropolitan area. She organized the first Baltimore Trans March of Resilience in 2015. Jenkins is a graduate of Morgan State University where she earned a B.S. in Marketing from the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. Jenkins also earned a M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore. Jenkins is a proud Baltimore native and a fierce advocate for the liberation transgender people of color. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia (2020).