Keynote Speaker

Shon Hopwood

“A Law Library Saved My Life”

SUNDAY, JULY 14 / 9-10:15 A.M.

sponsored by LexisNexis

Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. His unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners. Two petitions for certiorari he prepared were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court, and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. His story has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and on NPR and 60 Minutes.

Hopwood received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar. He clerked for Judge Janice Rogers Brown at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then served as a Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Appellate Litigation Program, where he litigated criminal, immigration, civil rights, and federal statutory cases in federal courts of appeals.

Hopwood co-wrote a memoir entitled Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer, and his scholarship on courts and the criminal justice system has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Fordham, Washington, and American Criminal Law Review as well as Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. He is the co-owner of Prison Professors L.L.C.


Meet Shon Hopwood / AALL Spectrum, May/June 2019
Bank-Robber-Turned-Law-Prof Lands a Starring Role in Criminal Justice Reform /, April 2, 2019
The Leading Lawyer Who Once Robbed Banks / BBC News, July 31, 2018
Meet a Convicted Felon Who Became a Georgetown Law Professor / 60 Minutes, July 8, 2018
He Robbed Banks and Went to Prison. His Time There Put Him on Track for a New Job: Georgetown Law Professor. / Washington Post, April 21, 2017