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From Public Defender to Criminal Justice Reformer: A discussion with Wasserstein Fellow and Director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans office, Will Snowden

September 21, 2021 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm


During his five years as a public defender in New Orleans, Will Snowden noticed how the lack of diversity of jury panels contributed to a lack of fairness in the criminal legal system. This led him to create The Juror Project, a non-profit which aims to increase diversity of jury panels as well as improve people’s perspective of jury duty. Join Will to learn about The Juror Project, his transition from public defender to systems reformer, and his efforts to improve criminal justice systems in the South by strengthening relationships between government entities and community organizations.

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, which is his passion project. Will presents at high schools, colleges, churches and other community gatherings discussing the importance of jury service, the discriminatory practices of some prosecutors, and the factors at play removing diversity from the jury. Will completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota and earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He currently works with the Vera Institute of Justice as the Director of the New Orleans office.

The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can advise students who are considering similar career paths. All students are welcome and encouraged to learn more and meet one on one with our Wasserstein Fellows.

Take-away lunch will be provided at the end of the program.

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September 21, 2021
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
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Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising


WCC 1019 Classroom




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