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2008 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 JULY 14, 2008


Attorney Deborah Majeeda Snead has been appointed by Order of the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore of Division “E,” Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, according to Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson. Snead will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Calvin Johnson effective January 2, 2008. She will serve from July 13, 2008 through December 31, 2008, or until the vacancy is filled by an election, whichever occurs sooner.

Snead received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans in 1981 and her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1984. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation. Snead later entered into the private practice of law for the law firm of Howell & Bayer where in 1990 she became a partner in the firm of Howell & Snead. In 2001, Snead became a professor at Loyola University College of Law where she currently serves as the Acting Director of the Law Clinic.

Snead has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Louis Martinet Society, the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Lawyers Guild, the New Orleans Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Louisiana and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

During her legal career Snead has received several honors including: the American Jurist Award (1981); the Jack LaNasa Award (1981); the Reginald Hebert Smith Fellowship (1985-1986); the National Conference of Black Lawyers Civil Rights Award (1990); and the Gillis Long Public Service Award (2007).


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