Kenesha Antoine was born and raised in Baton Rouge and is a graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School. Inspired by a passion to serve the residents of her community, she earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Southern University in 2002.
Ms. Antoine began her service-oriented career by counseling at-risk youth in the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System. After practicing social work for some time, she made steps to further her public service to the community by becoming an attorney. She subsequently enrolled at Southern University Law Center and earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 2007. During her tenure at SULC, she served on the Moot Court Board for two years, a distinguished honor reserved for exceptional oral advocates. She also represented minors charged with criminal offenses in Baton Rouge Juvenile Court.
Upon graduating from SULC, she began her law practice by representing individuals with disabilities at no cost for Advocacy Center, a Louisiana non-profit organization. She also traveled statewide and presented seminars on voting rights, fair housing rights and housing-related legislation. Ms. Antoine embarked upon private legal practice in 2009, when she founded the Law Firm of K.D. Antoine, LLC with the goal of making legal representation affordable and accessible to clients of all backgrounds and income levels. Shortly thereafter, Antoine changed the name of her business to The Bluest Ink, LLC, and expanded services to include Office of Motor Vehicle services.
In her spare time, Ms. Antoine enjoys sharing her expertise by presenting at conferences on topics such as entrepreneurism, diversity, and work-life balance. In 2012, she was awarded the Multicultural Leadership Award by the Louisiana Diversity Council for her achievements and altruism. She also serves as a Board member of Forward Arts, Inc., is a mentor with the Big Buddy organization, and is an active member of the Louis H. Martinet Legal Society, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, and Mid City Merchant's Association.