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. She currently directs the Illinois 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 state and local justice system practitioners, advocates and policy-makers to implement positive policy and practice changes in the Illinois justice system.
Prior to joining the Models for Change Initiative, 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 also served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board, where she chaired the Planning and Research Committee.