Karen L. Jacobsen
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Karen is a 1983 graduate of the University of Pacific’s School of Business. She attended UOP on a volleyball and basketball scholarship, where she played on the nationally ranked UOP volleyball team. She subsequently returned to her hometown of Sacramento, where she obtained her law degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of Pacific in 1986. She graduated with distinction, and was Order of the Coif, and a lifetime member of the Traynor Honor Society, as well as a staff writer and editor of the Pacific Law Journal.
Karen is very active in legal organizations. She was the 2010 President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada and served on the ADC Board from 2002 to 2011. Additionally, she is the Past President and a current Officer in the California Defense Counsel (CDC), the legislative advocacy group for the civil defense bar in California. She is also a member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court and she is on the Inn's Executive Committee. The organization is made up of Federal, State and Appellate Judges/Justices and civil and criminal attorneys and is dedicated to increasing professionalism, civility and ethics among members of the bench and bar. She is also a member of CLM and on the Retail Liability and Construction subcommittees and a graduate of CLM’s Litigation Management Institute held at Colombia.
Karen also serves as a Settlement Conference Judge and Arbitrator for the Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer Superior Courts and as a mediator/neutral for the Eastern District Federal Court’s Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program. Karen is a current member of the ADC, Sacramento County and American Bar Associations and is a charter member of the Eastern District Historical Society. She also previously served on the UOP National Commission, the Women Lawyers of Sacramento Board and the YWCA Board.
Further, Karen was also previously selected by the Sacramento Bee as one of the top 50 all-time prep girl basketball players in the Greater Sacramento Area and in 2011 was awarded the University of the Pacific’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award given to a student athlete who has lead a life of distinction by demonstrating integrity, dedication, idealism and team spirit.
In her free time, Karen enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, cycling, spin classes, yoga, theater and travel. She also is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association.