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  • Name: Shon Hopwood

    Job Title: Associate Professor of Law

    Company Name: Georgetown University Law Center

    Bio: Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Shon's 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. Shon's story has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and on 60 Minutes.

    Bio 2: Shon received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. 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 Law's Appellate Litigation Program, where he litigated appeals in various federal circuit courts. He works on a number of criminal justice reform issues, including the enactment of the First Step Act and related litigation. He 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 several major law reviews.