Bryanna A. Jenkins is a Civil Rights & Employment Fellow at Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Fellowship Program. In this role, Ms. Jenkins works primarily on civil rights and employment litigation.
Before joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Jenkins was a George N. Lindsay Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. During her fellowship, she assisted with the litigation efforts of the Educational Opportunities Project. These high-impact cases addressed issues such as disproportionate school discipline, disability rights, affirmative action, and student speech rights.
Ms. Jenkins received her B.S. from Morgan State University, her M.A. from the University of Baltimore, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. While attending law school, she served as staff editor for the DePaul Journal for Social Justice.
Ms. Jenkins published legal notes and comments include:
- Birth Certificate with a Benefit: Using LGBTQ Jurisprudence to Make the Argument for a Transgender Person’s Constitutional Right to Amended Identity Documents, 22 CUNY L. REV. 78 (2019).
- Bostock v. Clayton County is Something Else: Sex Discrimination and the LGBTQ Community, co-authored with Janine L. Hoft, 36 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION HANDBOOK 527 (Steven Saltzman & Barbara Wolvovitz eds., 2020).
- Fulton v. City of Philadelphia: Further Insulating the “Business” of Bigotry, co-authored with Janine L. Hoft, CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION HANDBOOK (forthcoming).
Ms. Jenkins has been deeply involved in advocacy on behalf of the transgender community. Prior to law school, Ms. Jenkins founded and served as the first executive director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. She continues to write extensively on social and legal issues affecting the transgender community, including most recently authoring “Why Are Pose’s Trans Stars Constantly Snubbed?” I-D Magazine (July 30, 2020).