Will Snowden joined the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law faculty in 2023, where he teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Trial Skills. In recognition of his work prior to joining Loyola, Professor Snowden received the Nation’s Best Advocate award from the National Bar Association and was recognized by the New Orleans Federal Bar Association as a Camille F. Gravel Public Service Awardee.
Will Snowden previously served as the Director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans office where he strengthened Vera’s existing partnerships with criminal justice actors and community leaders while identifying new collaborative relationships with government entities and community organizations. The collaborations focused on improving criminal justice systems in the South.
Prior to joining Vera, Will was a public defender for five years representing New Orleanians in all stages of a case from arraignment to trial. Will also developed a focus and specialization in advocacy around reforming the procedures, systems, and policies around jury duty in an effort to promote diversity and representativeness in the jury box. Will also launched The Juror Project—an initiative aiming to increase the diversity of jury panels while changing and challenging people’s perspective of jury duty.
Will leads workshops around the country as it relates to how implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat influence actors and outcomes in the criminal justice system. He received his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and a BS from the University of Minnesota.