Background: Barbara (Barb) A. Snow has practiced criminal law for seven of her ten years as a licensed attorney. She has practiced criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, representing clients in cases spanning the gamut of alleged crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, assault and battery, drug possession and distribution, kidnapping, theft, fraud, and military-specific offenses (e.g., absence without leave, fraternization, and failure to obey a lawful order). Her philosophy in representing clients accused of committing crimes is simple: A person’s liberty is God-given, so the government’s efforts to limit that liberty and the other rights associated with it must be countered with zealous and compassionate representation.
Attorney Snow also has considerable experience practicing before military administrative separation boards charged with the task of deciding whether to recommend separating Service Members from the military. Due to her experience practicing administrative law, both in garrison and in a deployed setting, Attorney Snow is particularly adept at navigating the often-times cumbersome military regulations affecting Service Members’ rights and privileges. Her philosophy in representing Service Members and Veterans in administrative actions, to include before military review boards, is simple: Everyone who has put on the uniform and served the United States deserves to have their rights and privileges protected and honored.
Legal Experience: Prior to entering private practice, Attorney Snow was an active duty Judge Advocate (JAG) in the United States Army. As a JAG, Attorney Snow held a variety of legal positions, chief among them as a criminal defense attorney in the military justice system at the trial and appellate levels. As a trial defense attorney, Attorney Snow represented clients at Article 32 and other pretrial hearings, at courts-martial, and at administrative boards. As an appellate defense attorney, Attorney Snow reviewed over 150 records of trial and, in many of those cases, she drafted briefs raising substantive legal issues to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA) and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF). She has obtained various forms of legal relief for a number of her clients. Attorney Snow’s criminal defense experience is rounded out by her time as a military prosecutor and Special Assistant to the United States Attorney (SAUSA). As a prosecutor, Attorney Snow represented the government in a number of criminal trials and worked closely with criminal investigators (including military and local civilian criminal investigators and FBI agents) on cases she was prosecuting and advising military commanders on. In her capacity as a SAUSA, Attorney Snow represented the government in prosecuting misdemeanor offenses in magistrate court, and she was co-counsel to an Assistant United States Attorney during a federal grand jury proceeding.
Bar Admissions and Licensure: Attorney Snow is admitted to practice law in Connecticut state courts and in Colorado state courts, and she is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. She is also admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her Connecticut and Colorado bar licenses qualify her to represent Service Members in military courts-martial. Attorney Snow received her license to practice law from the State of Connecticut in October 2005 and her license to practice law from the State of Colorado in August 2015. Attorney Snow does not currently represent individuals in the Connecticut state court system.
Education and Other Work Experience: Attorney Snow earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota). She subsequently moved to Oakland, California, where she worked at a residential treatment facility with teenagers diagnosed with both severe mental health disorders and learning disabilities. Attorney Snow made her way to the East Coast, where she attended law school in Bristol, Rhode Island. She earned her Juris Doctor in May 2005 from Roger Williams University School of Law. Throughout law school, Attorney Snow worked full time in a general law practice as the primary paralegal to one of the partners.
Professional Affiliations: Attorney Snow is a member of the American Bar Association, and its Criminal Law Section and GP Solo and Small Firm Division, and she is a member of the Faculty of Federal Advocates. Attorney Snow is currently a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Reserves. She is assigned to the 87th Legal Operations Detachment, Aurora, Colorado. As a Judge Advocate, Major (MAJ) Snow has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals and three Army Achievement Medals. She is qualified to wear the Air Assault badge. Major Snow deployed with the 10th Mountain Division to Iraq in 2008. While on active duty, Attorney Snow was assigned to Fort Drum, New York; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and, Fort Riley, Kansas.
Hobbies: Barb Snow is an avid long-distance runner who loves endurance sports. While in California, she completed a California AIDS Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. More recently, she has run four Army Ten Milers, two as member of the Fort Drum Army Ten Miler team. Most recently, Barb completed an 11-mile Tough Mudder competition.