Snape has litigated a number of environmental and related cases in federal court, and argued Center for Biological Diversity v. Interior at the DC Circuit, which rejected the federal government’s plan for oil and gas drilling off the coast of Alaska in part because of climate change concerns. Snape is the author of numerous articles on natural resource issues, including the book Biodiversity and the Law published by Island Press. His public interest work currently focuses upon environmental justice advocacy at the state level, serving as board general counsel to the United States Climate Action Network, and litigating an active federal docket under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In Summer 2020, Snape was named director of WCL’s Program on Environmental and Energy Law (PEEL).

He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Honors College at the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his law degree from George Washington University. Snape is a masters’ swimmer and water polo player, has coached at both the Division I and Division III levels of college swimming, and was named the 2011 world swim coach of the year by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. At Gallaudet University, he was four-time conference swim coach of the year. He still advocates on behalf of deaf athletics, including a successful legal petition to the NCAA in 2017 that changed the swimming competition rules to accommodate both visual and audial starting cues.