Meet our Alumni: Will Snowden and the Power of Our Civic Duties
We had the chance to sit down with Will Snowden, an alumni from Louisiana who graduated from Leaders of Color in 2020 to talk about criminal justice inequity in Louisiana.
Will is a criminal defense lawyer, jury duty nerd, and law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law. Will's legal career began as a public defender in New Orleans, LA, where he witnessed the discriminatory practices removing jurors from the jury panel and took his fight from the courtroom to the community and created The Juror Project. Will presents at high schools, colleges, churches and other community gatherings discussing the importance of jury service and the factors at play removing diversity from the jury putting the fairness of our criminal legal system in jeopardy. Will’s advocacy helped eliminate a vestige of Jim Crow by changing the law in Louisiana to require unanimous juries in all felony trials.
Will completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota and earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.