Lisa K. Jarrett
Judge, 436th District Court
Judge Lisa Jarrett was appointed to the 436th District Court in September of 2009 to handle juvenile criminal matters. She was elected by the citizens of Bexar County in 2010 and 2014. Judge Jarrett has over 19 years of legal experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in adult and juvenile matters. In addition to her regular duties, Judge Jarrett has started a Family Enrichment Docket, focused on alternatives for juvenile offenders with a history of family violence and a Crossover Docket, which coordinates the Juvenile System and Child Protective Services to best provide for those juveniles who find themselves in both systems.
Judge Jarrett is a member of Friends of Communities in Schools, co-chair of the Community Justice Project, fellow of the San Antonio Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for the State of Texas.
Keynote Presentation: Crossover Court – One Child, One Team
The Crossover Youth Practice Model was created to improve practices that directly affect outcomes for children who are in both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system. It was developed by Casey Family Programs and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute in 2007, and has since spread across the country. Judge Lisa Jarrett will describe how her jurisdiction embraced the Crossover Model to ensure greater uniformity in the mission and vision of the child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, and how it has improved cross-system engagement related to court and case-management functions.
- Understand which outcomes for children can be improved with effective cross-system collaboration between child welfare and juvenile justice.
- Identify best practices for improving outcomes of children in both child welfare and juvenile justice.
- Identify the potential in your home jurisdiction for incorporating the principles of the Crossover Youth Practice Model.