CCJ Leadership and Staff

Lisa S. Jacobs, JD

Title/s:  CCJ Program Manager

Office #:  Corboy 1116

Phone: 312-915-7876



Lisa Jacobs is an attorney with an extensive background in court and judicial administration as well as criminal justice, juvenile justice and human services policy and practice issues.  Prior to the Center’s launch, she managed the Illinois Models for Change Initiative, which was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to promote effective juvenile justice policy, practice and programming in diverse jurisdictions across the state.

Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Jacobs was Director of Judicial Education for the Illinois Supreme Court 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 the state to implement judicial education policy and programs on a wide variety of legal topics ranging from death penalty matters to complex civil litigation.  During her tenure with the AOIC, she assisted in implementing the Supreme Court’s Evidence-Based Practice initiatives in criminal and juvenile cases.  Ms. Jacobs 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 is Vice Chair of 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.  Ms. Jacobs has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board from 2011 – 2015, where she chaired the Planning and Research Committee.