W. Anthony Jenkins of Detroit was elected to serve on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors at the 2008 ABA Meeting in New York City in early August. He will be one of 40 representatives who oversee the administration and management of the association. The ABA works to improve the administration of justice, assists lawyers and judges in their work, provides continuing legal education, and builds public understanding about the rule of law.
Jenkins' new duties as a member of the ABA Board of Governors will include serving as a member of the Finance Committee and serving as board liaison to the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and the Standing Committee on Client Protection.
Jenkins is secretary of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. He is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, where his practice areas include real estate, public finance/municipal, general corporate, and entertainment law.
Jenkins has been an active member of the ABA House of Delegates, serving as the Michigan delegate for the past nine years. He currently sits on the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and is the past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services.
A former president of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Jenkins has served as legal counsel to Wayne County in connection with the financing and development of the Pinnacle Park Race Track and to the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority in connection with the financing and the development of Comerica Park and Ford Field.
Jenkins is a former member of the City of Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission.Jenkins received his law degree from New York University in 1980 and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University in 1979. He received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from Harvard University.