Jenkins, Tony (New)

Education

Harvard College

B.A., 1974
  • Dean's List
  • cum laude

Princeton University

M.P.A., 1979

New York University Law School

J.D., 1980

Bar Admission

Michigan

District of Columbia

W. Anthony Jenkins

Member and Chief Diversity Officer

Prominent Assignments

Representation of Wayne County Land Bank Corporation in structuring and documenting development and financing of the Pinnacle Park Race Track in Huron Township, and bond issues to finance roadway and water/sewer improvements.

Representation of the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority in structuring and documenting development and financing of Comerica Park, Ford Field, and adjacent PricewaterhouseCoopers office building complex.

Representation of multiple private enterprises and public entities in connection with financing for site acquisition and building improvements.

Nationally recognized expert in certification of companies as minority-owned business enterprises, and structuring and documenting MBE joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Representative Clients

  • Chandler Park Academy
  • Charter County of Wayne
  • Camryn Industries, LLC
  • Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • The Piston Group
  • Detroit Public Library
  • Detroit Edison Public School Academy

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan (Past President)
  • American Bar Association Federal Judiciary Committee
  • American Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Service Award, Chair of the ABA Committee on Group and Pre-Paid Legal Services
  • Service Award, ABA Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Past President 
  • Real Property Law Section Member
    - American Bar Association
    - State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
    - Executive/Finance Committee
    - Chair, Certification Committee

Community Involvement

  • Committee Member, NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee
  • Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Board of Directors
  • City of Detroit Board of Police Commissioners
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Board of Directors
  • Detroit Medical Center, Board of Trustees
  • Michigan Chronicle, Men of Excellence Award
  • Corp! Magazine, Diversity Leadership Award
  • Detroit City Council, Spirit of Detroit Award

Presentations (Partial Listing)

  • Keynote Speaker, State Bar of Michigan (Detroit, MI), Equal Access Initiative Luncheon (March, 2015)
  • Speaker, Southwest Detroit Business Association (Detroit, MI), D2D Supplier Capacity Building Series, Joint Ventures in the Construction Industry (March, 2014)
  • Panelist, Office of U.S. Attorney (Detroit, MI), Black History Month Panelist. Civil Rights and Its Impacts on the Legal Profession (February, 2014)
  • Speaker, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (Detroit, MI), Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures (May, 2013)
  • Speaker, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Toledo, OH), Investiture of the Hon. Jeffrey J. Helmick. The Role of the ABA Federal Judiciary Committee (October, 2012)
  • Speaker, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit, MI), Investiture of the Hon. Gershwin A. Drain. The Role of the ABA Federal Judiciary Committee (October, 2012)
  • Speaker, Michigan Court of Appeals (Detroit, MI), Investiture of the Hon. Michael Riordan. Standards for Judicial Appointment (June, 2012)
  • Speaker, Dr. Martin L. King Task Force (Southfield, MI), Civil Rights for Today’s Generation (January, 2012)
  • Speaker, U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (Memphis, TN), Investiture of the Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald: The Role of the ABA Federal Judiciary Committee
    (October, 2011)
  • Keynote Address, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Lansing, MI), Professionalism and Ethics (September, 2011) 
  • Speaker, Jackson County Bar Association (Jackson, MI), Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession (June, 2011)
  • Speaker, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School 2011 Sophomore Summer Institute Kick-Off (Auburn Hills, MI), Opportunities in the Legal Profession (June, 2011)
  • Speaker, Tuscola County Bar Association (Caro, MI), Law Day Speech (May, 2011)
  • Speaker, National Consortium of Racial & Ethic Fairness in Court (New Orleans, LA): Law Clerk and Law Firm Associate Minority Recruitment: Majority Law Firm Recruitment and Retention for Diversity (April, 2011)
  • Speaker, Downriver Bar Association (Taylor, MI), Judicial Crossroads - Reforms for Michigan (April, 2011)
  • Guest, Practical Lawyer Cable TV Broadcast (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Why Diversity Matters (March, 2011)
  • Speaker, Genesee County Bar Association (Flint, MI), New Initiative: How to Increase the Value of Your State Bar Membership (March, 2011)
  • Speaker, Affinity Bar Associations’ Diversity Mixer (Detroit, MI), Diversity Initiatives by the State Bar of Michigan (March, 2011)
  • Speaker, Calhoun County Bar Association (Marshall, MI), Judicial Crossroads and Pro Bono Responsibilities for Lawyers (February, 2011)
  • Speaker, Michigan Roundtable (Detroit, MI), Diversity and Inclusion: A Personal Journey (February, 2011) 
  • Keynote Address, University of Detroit Mercy Law School (Detroit, MI), Professionalism and Ethics (January, 2011)
  • Speaker, Genesee County Circuit Court (Lansing, MI), Investiture of the Hon. Clinton Canady, Standards for Judicial Appointment (January, 2011)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan, Professionalism/Ethics, University of Detroit Mercy Law School (January, 2011)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan, Professionalism/Ethics, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Lansing) (January, 2011)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan, Professionalism/Ethics, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Auburn Hills) (September, 2010) 
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan, Diversity in the Legal Profession, Wayne State University Law School (June, 2010)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan, Professionalism/Ethics, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Auburn Hills) (September, 2009) 
  • Speaker, MBE Certification Process/MBE Joint Ventures, Comerica Bank Business Development Forum (1996-2008)

Publications (Partial Listing)

  • Author, "Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession" Foreword, State Bar Journal (January, 2012)
  • Author, "Diversity Matters, A Final Word" President's Page, State Bar Journal (September, 2011)
  • Author, "Funding LSC Is A Wise Investment, Even In Hard Times" President's Page, State Bar Journal (July, 2011)
  • Author, "Law Day: Something to Celebrate and Teach" President's Page, State Bar Journal (May, 2011)
  • Author, Judicial Crossroads: The Journey Towards Judicial Reform President's Page, State Bar Journal (March, 2011)
  • Author, “President’s Page,” Michigan Bar Journal (Monthly, 2010-2011) 
  • Author, “MBEs: Does Minority Enterprise Status Make Sense for Your Construction Bid?”, Real Estate Finance (June, 2007)
  • Author, “MBE: Joint Ventures: An Overview”, Michigan Business Network (May, 1999) 
  • Author, “Expert Advice: An Interview with Minority Supplier and Expert, W. Anthony Jenkins”, Michigan Business Network (Feb/Mar, 1999)
  • Author, “President’s Page,” Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (Monthly, 1994)