Meet Our Legal Team

WHEN PAROLE PROJECT BEGAN PROVIDING CLIENTS WITH REPRESENTATION at parole and clemency hearings in 2017, we did so utilizing the combined resources of LSU Law Center’s Parole and Reentry Clinic and volunteer attorneys who donated their time and talents.

There were far fewer clients, with available representation more often than not keeping pace with the number and frequency of parole and clemency hearings. That was then. In the past few years our effectiveness as an advocacy organization, combined with justice reforms that led to new parole and resentencing opportunities, began to challenge our capacity to provide representation. The LSU clinic operated only during fall and spring semesters, and volunteer attorneys were limited by their own caseloads.

This is now. Meet our legal team of motivated and dedicated attorneys—each bringing a unique set of skills to Parole Project. Jill Pasquarella joined the organization in November 2021 as our legal director. She has spent much of her career working on juvenile life without parole issues. Jasmine Cole started as a staff attorney in January. Her enthusium is contagious. Jane Hogan, an experienced parole and post-conviction attorney, has shifted her role to head the Forgotten Men Initiative working to bring home Louisiana’s longest serving prisoners. Our legal team is not only enhancing Parole Project’s ability to make a difference in our clients’ lives, they are helping to bring about a more fair and equitable justice system.

Parole Project Legal Director Jill Pasquarella is a state and national leader on ending juvenile life without parole and other long sentences for youth. Prior to joining our organization Jill was the Director of the Campaign to End Extreme Sentences for Youth at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, and a Supervising Attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders Office. She is a recipient of the Lucy McGough Juvenile Justice Award from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys for her work to end life sentences for children.
Jasmine Cole joined Parole Project as a staff attorney in January of this year. During her time at the LSU Law Center Jasmine participated in the Parole and Reentry Clinic where she gained valuable experience working with Parole Project clients as a law student. She worked on several cases which resulted in a favorable outcome for our clients. Jasmine is excited be at Parole Project because she believes everyone deserves a second chance and she gets to do what she loves—helping people and changing lives.
Jane Hogan now leads Parole Project’s Forgotten Men Initiative. Jane is working to bring home Louisiana’s longest serving prisoners— people who have been incarcerated 50 or more years. In her privage practice she specializes in criminal post-trial procedures that includes post-conviction petitions and parole and clemency hearings. She has worked as a public defender in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is an adjunct professor and supervising attorney with LSU Law Center’s Parole and Reentry Clinic.