Thomas A. Jacobs, J.D., was an Arizona assistant attorney general from 1972 to 1985, practicing criminal and child welfare law. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1985 and served as a judge pro tem and commissioner in the juvenile and family courts until his retirement in 2008. He also taught juvenile law for ten years as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. He now writes for teens, lawyers, and judges. Judge Jacobs also maintains the popular website Ask the Judge: Answers for Teens About the Law at askthejudge.info. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.