About Us

The Juror Project was created by William Snowden and it is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The right to counsel is a constitutional guarantee. Yet government spending on public defenders has fallen, leading 43 states to require indigent clients pay part of their legal fees. In Louisiana, budget cuts have created a backlog in the court system as public defenders have started to refuse cases.

William C. Snowden, Founder

As a felony trial attorney, William witnesses the discriminatory practices removing jurors from the jury panel. In response to these practices, William created The Juror Project—an initiative aiming to increase the diversity of jury panels while changing and challenging people’s perspective of jury duty. The Juror Project engages the community through informative meetings and group discussions. William presents at high schools, colleges, churches, neighborhood associations and any other community gatherings to discuss the importance of jury service, the discriminatory practices of some prosecutors, as well as what members can do to actually get on a jury.

William is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Seton Hall Law School where he served as president of the Black Law Students Association. Additionally, William was a Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice Scholar, taught constitutional law at a local Newark, New Jersey, charter school, and was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Seton Student Servant Leader award. Additionally, William works as a staff attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders and has been there since 2013.