Donald E. Jacobson

Donald E. Jacobson has over 16+ years of experience working with the courts.  He began his career working as bailiff, law librarian and assistant administrator in the Superior Court in Arizona.  He spent the last 15 years in court administration with courts of limited and general jurisdiction in Arizona.  Don is currently Court Administrator for the Flagstaff Municipal Court.  This position has provided an opportunity to expand his experience in all areas of court operations.  Case management, automated systems, jury management, personnel, budget, facility development and strategic planning all make up a portion of the areas of his responsibilities during his tenure at the court.

Don has served on many Arizona Judicial Council advisory committees over the years including: Court Record and Data Dissemination Advisory Committee, Court Automation Coordinating Committee, Court Leadership Institute of Arizona, Judicial Staff Education Committee, Chief Justices’ Committee on Electronic Courts, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Strategic Planning Steering Committee and many others. He is a recipient of the Arizona Judicial Branch Achievement Award in 2005 and 2006, the Justice 2002 Award, "Connecting With The Community" in 2002 and the National Public Service Recognition Award in 2001 and 2005.  His adult education faculty experience includes developing and presenting classes on:  Management of Core Functions in the Court; 7 Key Decision Points in Case Management; Networking, Benchmarking and Teamwork; Now That I’m In Charge What Do I Do?; Essential Functions of The Court, and others in addition.  Don has served as faculty for the Western States Court Leadership Academy, Court Leadership Institute of Arizona, Arizona Judicial Conference and now the Institute for Court Management.

Don received a B.S. in Engineering, with an emphasis in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University (NAU), and received his M.A., with Honors, from Denver Seminary.  He is a 1999 Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.

Don and his wife Roxie are currently working on getting a son and daughter through college with the hope that the second will be finishing their undergraduate degree next year. The remainder of their time is split between playing music, hiking, church, friends and their dogs.

Contact: elearning@ncsc.org