Loyola University Chicago

School of Law


Lisa Jacobs

Title/s: Program Manager of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice

Office #: Corboy 1116

Phone: 312.915.7876

E-mail: ljacobs@luc.edu


Lisa Jacobs is an attorney with more than 15 years experience in court administration, criminal justice, juvenile justice and human services issues.  She is the Illinois Program Manager for the Models for Change Initiative, which is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and managed by Loyola University School of Law. In this capacity, Ms. Jacobs works with justice system practitioners, advocates and policy-makers to implement positive policy and practice changes in the Illinois juvenile justice system.

Prior to joining the Models for Change Initiative, Ms. Jacobs was Director of Judicial Education for the Illinois Supreme Court as an Assistant Director with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. There, she worked closely with the Supreme Court's Committee on Judicial Education and judges from across Illinois to develop and implement judicial education policy and programs on a wide variety of legal topics ranging from death penalty matters to complex civil litigation.  She has also served as the state’s Juvenile Justice Specialist, with the Illinois Department of Human Services, and in executive positions with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Office of the Chief Judge.

Ms. Jacobs was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, which oversees the state’s federal juvenile justice funding and prepares analysis and policy recommendations for the Governor, General Assembly and other state and local policy makers.  She serves as Commission Vice-Chair and chairs its Planning and Grants Committee.  Ms. Jacobs received a gubernatorial appointment to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board in 2011, and serves as chairperson of the ICJIA Planning and Research Committee.


B.A., University of South Dakota
J.D., DePaul University College of Law