Faculty and Administration Profiles

Lisa Jacobs

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

Office #:  Corboy 1116

Phone: 312.915.7876



Lisa Jacobs brings an extensive background in court and judicial administration as well as criminal justice, juvenile justice and human services policy and practice to Loyola. She currently manages Loyola University’s new Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. 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.

Before coming to Loyola, Ms. Jacobs oversaw 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 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.

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 also served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board from 2011 – 2015, where she chaired the Planning and Research Committee. Ms. Jacobs also provides training and technical assistance to states and local jurisdictions working to improve outcomes of youth and families “dually involved” in child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


BA, University of South Dakota
JD, DePaul University College of Law