Professor Jacobson joined Temple as Director of Trial Advocacy and an Associate Professor of Law in 2008. She is responsible for the Trial Advocacy Programs- the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), the Introduction to Trial Advocacy class (ITA), and the Advanced Trial Advocacy courses (ATA). Professor Jacobson teaches Trial Advocacy and also coaches the Trial Team. Her scholarship focuses on issues surrounding juvenile justice.
Before coming to Temple, Professor Jacobson was an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia from 1999 to 2008. She spent much of her time as a public defender working with juveniles and served as the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit from 2006 to 2008. As a public defender she taught the Criminal Defense Clinic for the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 2004 to 2006. Before joining the Defender Association, she worked as an assistant public defender in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Professor Jacobson is a graduate of Ursinus College and Temple Law School. She earned an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple in 2002. She is also a graduate of the National College of Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, and the teacher training program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). She frequently speaks on issues related to juvenile justice, trains public defenders, and teaches trial advocacy in NITA programs.