Robert N. Jenkins Sr.
Judge Robert Nathaniel Jenkins, Sr. can be described as a lawyer, a community leader, a retired Family Court Judge, a teacher, a mentor and a qualified mediator ready to assist in resolving differences. A native of McClellanville, SC, he was the eleventh of thirteen children born to Shepherd and the Rev. Elouise "Nancy" Jenkins. Family and teachers taught him the value of hard work and the importance of obtaining a good education.
Jenkins, a four year veteran of the US Air Force, earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from the Citadel and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University Of SC School Of Law in 1975. His career as a lawyer documents dedication to serving the unmet legal needs of people across the state of SC. As Director and Chief Attorney for the Legal Services Agency of Western Carolina, he established the Libra Society enabling private lawyers to give free, pro bono, legal services to people who could not be assisted through legal aid offices.
In 1996 he was elected Judge of the Circuit Family Court of the 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat #5 by the SC General Assembly. He served 18 years and retired from active duty in 2014. Among his numerous honors and accolades are: 2013 selected by the SC Conference of Family Court Judges as recipient of its highest award, the Buchan, Brown & Jacobs Award, for Highest Integrity, Professionalism, Skill, Compassion, Sprit, Optimism and Courage, among his peers;
2014 recipient of the Public & Community Service Award; 2016 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence conferred by the Citadel Military College of SC.
Always actively involved in the community, he has served the following organizations: Zucker Foundation for Education, Greenville's Child, Inc., S.H.A.R.E., Inc., Save Our Sons, SC Families.