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Law clinic professor honored by Urban League of New Orleans

August 19, 2011

Majeeda Snead, J.D. ’84, clinical professor in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law, was one of five local African-American women recently honored by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

“Firsts” was the theme this year for those honored at Urban League’s annual gala on July 16. Snead was recognized for being the first African-American woman to direct the law clinic. She served as acting director from 2007-08 and 2010-11, taking the helm from Bill Quigley, who was on leave from Loyola. Snead was nominated by Dorothy “Dottie” Reese, awards chair and wife of Judge Kern Reese, J.D. ’77.

“I think the most important part of being honored was to see the pride in my parents’ eyes at the ceremony, to give them that joy in this stage of their lives was the most meaningful part of receiving the award,” said Snead.

Snead started her legal career as the 1985 recipient of the Reginald Hebert Smith Fellowship while working at New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation in the Family Law Unit. During that fellowship, she established an in-house relationship with Catholic Charities, representing displaced battered women. In 1987 she joined the law firm of Howell & Bayer and in 1990 became a partner in the law firm of Howell & Snead, specializing in civil rights, plaintiff civil litigation, criminal defense and family law.

In 1999, she was invited to be a visiting clinical professor in the Loyola Law Clinic teaching in the area of criminal defense and later joined the faculty in 2001. In July 2008, she was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as Judge Pro Tem in Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans where she served until August 2008. She is also one of the governor’s appointees to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Prior to that appointment she was a member of the Louisiana Task Force on Criminal Defense.

College of Law alumna Sharonda Williams, J.D. ’01, was also recognized during the Urban League ceremony for being the first African-American partner at Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. and the first African-American female chair of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission.

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