Professor Snead started her legal career as the 1985 recipient of the Reginald Hebert Smith Fellowship 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. She was asked to join the faculty in 2001. In July, 2007 she became the Acting Director of the Loyola Law Clinic serving until August 1, 2008. 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 22, 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.