Justice Martin Jenkins and Trustee Timothy Simon: A Conversation on Faith, Justice, and Community

Thursday, February 17 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Online — Zoom

In this event honoring the history and experiences of Black Catholics, Justice Martin Jenkins (2020-21 USF Alumnus of the Year) and USF Trustee, Timothy Simon will engage in a fireside conversation on faith, justice, and community.  Moderated by USF Trustee, Naomi Kelly, this webinar is free and open to the public.

Justice Martin J. Jenkins was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court on November 10, 2020 following his appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom. Previously, he served as Senior Judicial Appointments Advisor to Governor Newsom. Preceding his work for Governor Newsom, he served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal. Justice Jenkins’ judicial experience includes service as a federal district judge for the Northern District of California; he was appointed by President William Clinton in May 1997 and confirmed by the United States Senate in November 1997. Earlier, he served as a trial judge on the Oakland Municipal and Alameda County Superior Courts.

After graduating from Santa Clara University and before entering the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law, Justice Jenkins was briefly employed as a player by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He obtained his law degree from USF in May 1980, when he received the Judge Harold J. Haley Award for “exceptional distinction in scholarship, character, and activities.” After graduation, Justice Jenkins worked as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He subsequently served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division-Criminal Section in Washington D.C., and later was an attorney in Pacific Bell’s Legal Department where he handled a wide variety of litigation matters.

Justice Jenkins has been the recipient of numerous awards, including The St. Thomas More Award, presented annually by the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, “In Recognition of His Distinguished Record of Service and Dedication to His Church, His Community, and His Family,” and the 2009 Children’s Advocacy Award, presented by Legal Services for Children, San Francisco, for “Outstanding leadership in public policy that protects children and youth from abuse and exploitation.” In 2018, the USF Board of Trustees conferred upon Justice Jenkins an honorary degree, “The Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa.” 

Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner Emeritus, (Simon) was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 15, 2007 ending his term on December 31, 2012. During his time as commissioner, Simon served on the Board of Directors of the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley Energy Collaborative ( BERC) and the Energy Imbalance Market ( EIM) Regional Taskforce. Prior to this appointment Simon served as Appointments Secretary in the Office of the Governor, the first African American in California history to hold this post. Simon also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law and the University of California Hastings. Prior to public service he was in-house counsel and compliance officer with Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Robertson Stephens.

In 2013 Simon created TAS STRATEGIES and serves as an attorney and consultant on utility, infrastructure, financial services and broadband projects. He is a frequent public speaker and panelist on topics including energy, infrastructure, diversity and inclusion. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California African American Chamber of Commerce and was recently appointed to the Charah Solutions, Inc. and Aemetis, Inc. Board of Directors. He is also on the Advisory Board of Energy Capital Ventures, and serves as a frequent guest on the Black News Channel for The Kelly Wright Show and The World Tonight.

Simon served as Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Gas Committee, Chair of the LNG Partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and NARUC, member of the Gas Pipeline Safety Taskforce with the U.S. DOT, member the NARUC Board of Directors and served on the Critical Infrastructure and Consumer Affairs Committees, the NARUC Wireless Task Force, and Vice Chair of the Utility Marketplace Access Subcommittee.

In 2019, Simon he was elected to the University of San Francisco (USF) Board of Trustees. Simon also serves on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Advisory Council and served as member of the California Green Jobs Council and Advisory Board of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) at U.C. Berkeley. He is a member of the National Bar Association, Energy Bar Association, and the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). Simon received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco (Distinguished Alumni), and a Juris Doctor from the U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Simon is an active member of the State Bar of California.