Jettie D. Newkirk brings over twenty-eight years’ experience in the practice of civil law in Philadelphia. Ms. Newkirk, after graduating from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education, earned a Master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University. She joins Tiagha & Associates to develop and lead the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice.
Throughout her distinguished career, Mr. Newkirk has earned reputation for honesty, integrity, thoroughness, directness, and sensitivity to the needs of the client. Ms. Newkirk has distinguished herself as a competent practitioner in helping clients to identify and clarify issues, negotiating settlements and compromises and preparing for presentations before the city, state and federal employment and labor boards and commissions. Ms. Newkirk also served as an arbitrator for School District of Philadelphia. She is also an experienced real estate transactional lawyer having generated contracts, corporate forms, filings, leases, deeds and other conveyance documents for both residential and commercial real estate financings. Ms. Newkirk also brings considerable expertise in advising non-profit community based organizations.
Ms. Newkirk served on the SEPTA Board as a representative of Philadelphia County from September 1992 until 2009. During her tenure on the SEPTA Board, Jettie D. Newkirk has been an active member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), whose Philadelphia Chapter has recently established a scholarship fund for deserving students in her name to honor her service to both the local and national organization.
Her substantial civic and social contributions currently include membership on the Carroll Park Community Council Board of Directors; FAMU Alumni Association; 2000 African American Women; Chair-Advisory Board, Netter Center of Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania; and the Vine Memorial Baptist Church – Chair, Community Outreach Ministry. Ms. Newkirk is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Barrister’s Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and was recently awarded the A. Leon Higginbotham Life Time Achievement Award by the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and was named by the Philadelphia Tribune as one of its 2008 leaders; and City of Philadelphia.