[PAST EVENT] Shon Hopwood: From Convicted Felon to Lawyer to Georgetown Law Professor

February 11, 2020
6:30pm - 8pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Open to the public

Shon Hopwood is Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center…but his unusual legal journey began not at law school, but in federal prison, where he learned to write appellate briefs for other prisoners. The U.S. Supreme Court granted two petitions for certiorari he prepared while in prison (and acting as a self-taught layperson), and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country.

Professor Hopwood has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, and on 60 Minutes and co-wrote his memoir entitled Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer.

Professor Hopwood will serve as the featured speaker for Ethics Week on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium. Professor Hopwood will discuss his personal experience in the criminal justice system, his work on behalf of prisoners, and his suggestion for reform.

The presentation is free and open to the public.