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Shon Hopwood

Associate Professor of Law

Shon Hopwood's unusual legal journey began prior to him attending law school and included the U.S. Supreme Court granting two petitions for certiorari he prepared. Shon's...

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Shon Hopwood's unusual legal journey began prior to him attending law school and included the U.S. Supreme Court granting two petitions for certiorari he prepared. Shon's research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, civil rights, and the constitutional rights of prisoners. He received a J.D. as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar from the University of Washington School of Law. He served as a law clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  And his legal scholarship has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Fordham, and Washington Law Reviews, as well as the American Criminal Law Review and Georgetown Law Journal's Annual Review of Criminal Procedure.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Shon R. Hopwood, Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer (Wash., D.C.: PrisonProfessors 2017).    [BOOK]
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Books

  • Shon R. Hopwood, Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer (Wash., D.C.: PrisonProfessors 2017).    [BOOK]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Pennsylvania Man Dies In Jail After Guards Allegedly Ignored His Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms," coverage by In Justice Today, February 5, 2018, quoting from Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Are Felons Fit to Be Lawyers? Increasingly, the Answer Is Yes,"coverage in The New York Times, January 19, 2018, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Trump, Kushner meet with advocates on prison reform," coverage in The Hill, January 11, 2018, mentioning Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Cal Ripken’s favorite baseball movie, and 24 others on the best film about their profession," coverage in The Washington Post, December 25, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Court Rules Ex-Inmate and Skadden Fellow Can Sit for Bar Exam," coverage by The American Lawyer, November 21, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

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"Pennsylvania Man Dies In Jail After Guards Allegedly Ignored His Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms," coverage by In Justice Today, February 5, 2018, quoting from Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Are Felons Fit to Be Lawyers? Increasingly, the Answer Is Yes,"coverage in The New York Times, January 19, 2018, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Trump, Kushner meet with advocates on prison reform," coverage in The Hill, January 11, 2018, mentioning Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Cal Ripken’s favorite baseball movie, and 24 others on the best film about their profession," coverage in The Washington Post, December 25, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Court Rules Ex-Inmate and Skadden Fellow Can Sit for Bar Exam," coverage by The American Lawyer, November 21, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Law grad with criminal record can sit for state bar, Washington Supreme Court rules," coverage by the ABA Journal, November 17, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood. Story also covered by The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), November 19, 2017.

"Ed Gillespie’s Scaremongering On Felon Voting Rights Is a Sloppy Return to Crime Hysteria," coverage by Reason, October 27, 2017, mentioning Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Meet a convicted felon who became a Georgetown law professor," an interview by CBS News 60 Minutes, October 15, 2017, featuring Professor Shon Hopwood.  

"Shon Hopwood's Amazing Legal Journey to be Featured on '60 Minutes'," coverage in The National Law Journal, October 12, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Shon Hopwood's Amazing Legal Journey to be Featured on '60 Minutes'," coverage in Yahoo News, October 11, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"From Bank Robber to Law Professor: A Story of Redemption," coverage on CBS News, October 12, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Law grad denied bar admission," coverage in Yale News, August 30, 2017, quoting Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"Experts Highlight Higher Ed’s Impact on Criminal Justice Reform," coverage in Diverse, August 28, 2017, quoting Associate Professor Shon Hopwood.

"The need for criminal justice reform in America," a Brookings Institution event, August 28, 2017, with Associate Professor Shon Hopwood as a panelist.

"Beyond Bars: One man's journey from inmate to law professor," coverage by The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.), July 14, 2017, featuring Associate Professor Shon Hopwood. This story replicated on Trib Live.

"Five Memorable Opinions From Retiring DC Judge Janice Rogers Brown," coverage in The National Journal, July 11, 2017, quoting Professor Shon Hopwood.

“Convicted Bank robber Hired to Teach at Georgetown Law”, coverage in USNews on April 29, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Rothstein and Professor Shon Hopwood

"Omaha lawyer used to long-shot battles faces toughest fight yet: pancreatic cancer," coverage in Live Well Nebraska, April 26, 2017, featuring Professor Shon Hopwood.

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