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.


Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Shon Hopwood, Restoring the Historical Rule of Lenity as a Canon, 95 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 918-951 (2020).
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Shon Hopwood, The Misplaced Trust in DOJ’s Expertise on Criminal Justice Policy, 118 Mich. L. Rev. 1181-1203 (2020) (reviewing Rachel Elise Barkow, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration (2019)).
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Shon R. Hopwood, The Effort to Reform the Federal Criminal Justice System, 128 Yale L.J.F. 791-817 (2019).

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief of Amici Curiae Due Process Institute, Cato Institute, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Rutherford Institute, District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and Law Professors in Support of Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, Leyva v. United States, No. 19-5796 (U.S. Oct. 1, 2019).

Congressional Testimony

Prison to Proprietorship: Entrepreneurship Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Small Bus., 116th Cong., Oct. 23, 2019 (Statement of Shon Hopwood) (CIS-No.: 2020-H721-201959).