Sandra Cabrina Jenkins is a 1989 graduate of Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her B.A. from Louisiana State University, Political Science. She also has a Master of Public Administration from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and attended McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Sandra is a former Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Orleans and a former Staff Attorney, Central Staff, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. Currently, Sandra has a general practice with an expertise in criminal defense. She is of counsel with the law firm Scheuermann and Jones, New Orleans, Louisiana. Sandra is licensed to practice in all U.S. District Courts in the State of Louisiana; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. In 2010, Sandra joined the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana, Political Science Department, where she is an Assistant Professor. She teaches pre-law courses. In May 2012, Sandra founded a green janitorial and facility management company, S.A.G.E. Commercial Cleaning, LLC. Her business concept was awarded second place at the National Urban League Small Business Summit Pitch Competion for new businesses this summer.
Sandra is very active with the Bar. Her national and local bar memberships include American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, She is co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Children’s Law Committee. Additionally, Sandra has presented at CLE programs at the national and local level in the area of representation of juvenile offenders in the federal system.
Throughout her professional career, Sandra has volunteered her services with community projects and organizations. She is a H.E.L.P. volunteer which is an organization that offers pro bono services to the homeless population and Veterans in the City of New Orleans. Sandra is a board member of Greg K. Monroe Foundation, Inc. She is also a board member for Alliance for Affordable Energy, where she serves as Chair of the Program Committee and is a member of Finance Committee. Sandra is a 2011 graduate of the Junior League of New Orleans “Get On Board” Program (training to serve on a Board of Directors). She has been a CASA, Teen Court, and Junior Achievement volunteer. For the past 22 years, Sandra has been a part the ministries of First Emanuel Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she currently serves on the Ministerial Staff. Additionally, Sandra is a member of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Sandra is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she attended Redemptorist High School. She is the third child of Nellie W. Jenkins and Granderson Jenkins, III. She has two older sisters, two younger brothers, and two nieces.