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, Two Sides of the Same Interpretive Coin: The Presumption of Mens Rea and the Historical Rule of Lenity, 53 Ariz. St. L.J. 507-521 (2021).
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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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U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief for Professors of Criminal Law as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioner, Wooden v. United States, No. 20-5279 (U.S. May 10, 2021).
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).