NLC Arkansas '20 Alumnus
Attorney and Community Builder
KenDrell Collins fights on the frontlines of the criminal justice system as a trial attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He also works to shape statewide polices as a member of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s newly formed Law Enforcement Taskforce. He grew up in Osceola, Arkansas, and moved to Little Rock in 2011. There he earned a degree in economics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and minored in Writing. Collins attended law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He worked as a summer fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City and a summer fellow with the Rural Summer Legal Corps.
Prior to becoming an Assistant Federal Defender, he worked as an associate at a private immigration law firm where he was an advocate for immigrant rights. Collins is the author of the book Be Steady, My Soul. He volunteers as chess instructor for children at the Chess, Problem-Solving, and Reading program (CPR) at Mosaic Church in Little Rock. Collins also serves as a board member for the Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association, which is a community-based organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history of one of Arkansas' most prominent Black communities. Most recently he joined the NLC Arkansas Board, serving as the Curriculum Co-chair.