Shon Hopwood

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
600 New Jersey Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20001
(402) 889-0588
Srh90@law.georgetown.edu

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TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Primary: Criminal Law and Procedure, Sentencing & Prison Law, Federal Courts
Secondary: Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Appellate Practice

PUBLICATIONS

Book

  • SHON HOPWOOD WITH DENNIS BURKE, LAW MAN: MY STORY OF ROBBING BANKS, WINNING SUPREME COURT CASES, AND FINDING REDEMPTION (Crown/Random House 2012)

Articles

  • Judicial Guessing and the Rule of Lenity (In progress)
  • Clarity in Criminal Law, 54 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 695 (2017)
  • William Blake, Hans Hacker, & Shon Hopwood, Seasonal Affective Disorder: Clerk Training and the Success of Supreme Court Certiorari Petitions, 49 LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW 973 (2015)
  • The Not So Speedy Trial Act, 89 WASH. L. REV. 709 (2014)
  • Failing to Fix Sentencing Mistakes: How the System of Mass Incarceration May Have Hardened the Hearts of the Federal Judiciary, 43 GEO. L.J. ANN. REV. CRIM. PROC. iii (2014)
  • Slicing Through the Great Legal Gordian Knot: Ways to Assist Pro Se Litigants in Their Quest for Justice, 80 FORDHAM L. REV. 1229 (2011)
  • A Sunny Deposition: How the In Forma Pauperis Statute Provides an Avenue for Indigent Prisoners to Seek Depositions Without Accompanying Fees, 46 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 195 (2011)

EDUCATION

  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER 2015-2017
    L.L.M. Clinical Advocacy (Candidate 2017)
  • UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW 2014 J.D.Graduated with Honors in Law, Gates Public Service Law Scholar (three-year full scholarship)
  • BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY 2011, B.S. | Magna Cum Laude

EMPLOYMENT AND LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER Washington D.C.
    Associate Professor of Law 2017-Present
  • GEORGETOWN UNIV. LAW CENTER APPELLATE CLINIC Washington D.C., Graduate Teaching Fellowship 2015-2017
  • UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT Washington D.C.
    Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Janice Rogers Brown 2014–2015
  • OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, W.D. OF WASHINGTON Seattle, WA, Internship Summer of 2013
  • UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, W.D. OF WASHINGTON Seattle, WA, Judicial Intern to the Honorable John C. Coughenour Summer of 2012
  • COCKLE LEGAL BRIEFS Omaha, NE, U.S. Supreme Court Consultant and Blogger 2008–2011
  • UNITED STATES NAVY Manama, Bahrain |1994–1996 Served two years and was honorably discharged. Received the Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and National Defense Medal

OTHER WRITINGS AND LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY

Book Reviews and Essays

  • Book Review: Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, by Marie Gottschalk J. Legal Educ. (2016) (forthcoming)
  • Krista A. Dolan & Shon Hopwood, Kentucky’s Penal Code Prognosis: Is Further Treatment Necessary?, KENTUCKY BENCH & BAR Vol. 3 (2015)
  • Masters of the Craft: The Top Five Questions Presented from the 2010 Supreme Court Term, THE GREENBAG ALMANAC AND READER (2012)

Online Articles

  • Give Former Prisoners A Second Chance, THE SEATTLE TIMES (Jan. 10, 2013)
  • I Got a Second Chance After Robbing Banks—And Others Should, Too, THE ATLANTIC.COM (Dec. 21, 2012)
  • Giving Prisoners A Second Chance Means Removing the Barriers to Reentry, HUFFINGTON POST (Aug. 20, 2012)
  • Opinion Analysis: The Court Goes Back to School, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 1, 2012) Argument Recap: Contending with Old Precedent, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 14, 2011) Preemption under the Locomotive Inspection Act, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 8, 2011) From A Prison Law Library to the New York Times, THE CHAMPION (Nov. 2010) Legislative Testimony
  • Written Testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in support of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 (Sept. 2013)
  • Testified before the Public Safety Committee of the Washington State House of Representatives about Sentencing Reform (Jan. 22, 2014)
  • Testified before the Public Safety Committee of the Washington State House of Representatives about Prison Reentry (Nov. 22, 2013)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Served as primary person researching and writing the briefs, either for other attorneys or prisoners in all cases listed below.

U.S. Supreme Court Cases

  • Fellers v. United States, cert. granted 538 U.S. 905 (2003) (prepared pro se petition for certiorari) (judgment reversed and vacated by unanimous opinion, 540 U.S. 519 (2004))
  • Davis v. United States, 543 U.S. 1099 (2005) (prepared pro se petition for certiorari) (writ of certiorari granted, Eighth Circuit opinion vacated, and remanded)
  • Robey v. United States, No. 16-7725 (2016) (filed amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Speedy Trial Act case)

Federal Circuit Court Cases

  • In re Shelton, 295 F.3d 620 (6th Cir. 2002) (prepared pro se briefs) (judgment reversed), opinion cited with approval in Castro v. United States, 540 U.S. 375, 382 (2003)
  •  Griffith v. United States, No. 15-3122 (8th Cir. 2016) (counsel of record) (court of appeals granted the request for authorization to file a second 28 U.S.C. § 2255 petition)
  • O’Dell v. Plumley, No. 15-6247 (4th Cir. 2016) (lead attorney) (court of appeals summarily reversed in favor of habeas petitioner)
  • Lane v. Anderson, No. 15-2153 (4th Cir. 2016) (lead attorney) (court of appeals reversed for client raising qualified immunity, sovereign immunity, and Rooker-Feldman issues)
  • Cruz v. Marshall, No. 15-6130 (4th Cir. 2016) (argued case) (court of appeals reversed district court judgment finding defendant’s federal habeas petition was untimely)

Federal District Court Cases

  • Brown v. United States, No. 2:04-CV-73 (W.D. Mich. 2004) (defendant filed pro se motion to vacate under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and obtained 10½-year sentence reduction)
  • Dunn v. United States, No. 2:03-cr-00025-RL-APR (N.D. Ind. 2008) (defendant filed pro se 28
    U.S.C. § 2255 and 18 U.S.C. § 3582 motions, government agreed to stipulation and defendant’s sentence was reduced from 360 months to 262 months)
  • Pitts v. United States, No. 97-cr-00254-PAM-RLE-1 (D. Minn. 2008) (defendant filed a pro se 18
    U.S.C. § 3582 motion and was resentenced from 210 to 168 months imprisonment)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • The Need for Federal Sentencing and Prison Reform, Aspen Institute at the Congress (June 23, 2017)
  • Using Time to Reduce Crime: Federal Prison Reform Briefing with Families Against Mandatory Minimums—American Conservative Union Foundation at Rayburn House Office Building (June 6, 2017)
  • Jeff Sessions and the Federal Criminal Justice System, The John Marshall Law School (Feb. 16, 2017)
  • Unnecessary Imprisonment and the Need for Sentencing Reform, University of Chicago Law School (Feb. 16, 2017)
  • How to Reform the Federal Criminal Justice System, Cornell Law School (Feb. 3, 2017) Sentencing Reform, University of Nebraska College of Law (Nov. 14, 2016)
  • University of Arizona School of Law (Apr. 20, 2016)
  • Keynote Speaker, Kamm Memorial Lecture on Law and Society, Wheaton College (Feb. 29, 2016)
  • Do’s, Don’ts & Heretofores, How to Write Appellate Briefs, Howard University School of Law (Oct. 27, 2015)
  • Limited Government Criminal Justice, George Mason University School of Law (Jan. 21, 2015)
  • Commencement Speaker, Washington State Penitentiary (Jun. 5, 2014)
  • Talking Criminal Justice Reform and Legal Brief Writing, Washington State Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Division (May 9, 2014)
  • Webinar Presenter, Pro Se Committee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (May 1, 2014) Introductions and Program Creator, Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration, University of
  • Washington School of Law (Apr. 29, 2014)
  • Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases and Finding Redemption, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention (Jun. 21, 2013)
  • Trends in Certiorari Review: From the Burger Court to the Roberts Court, Southwestern Political Science Convention (Apr. 18, 2013)
  • Criminal Justice Reform, Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association Conference (Mar. 14, 2014)
  • Keynote Speaker, The Need for Prison Reform, ACLU of Nebraska & Nebraska Criminal Defense
  • Attorneys Association (Mar. 13, 2014)
  • Webinar Presenter, Lawman: An Interview with Shon Hopwood, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (Feb. 28, 2014)
  • From Law Man to Law Clerk, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Feb. 21, 2014)
  • Criminal Justice Reform, Pepperdine School of Law (Feb. 14, 2014)
  • Criminal Law Society, University of Michigan School of Law (Nov. 8, 2013)
  • Keynote Speaker, Redemption from Within, Washington Appleseed Breakfast (Oct. 15, 2013)
  • Speaker, Mass Incarceration and the Jailhouse Lawyer, New York University School of Law (Mar. 27, 2013)
  • Handling Pro Se Litigants, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Mar. 26, 2013)
  • Law Man, Drexel University School of Law (Oct. 26, 2012)
  • Introductions, Supreme Court Review and Preview, University of Washington School of Law (Oct. 15, 2012)
  • Freedom to Incarceration, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (Sept. 13, 2012)
  • The Innocence Project Presents, University of Virginia School of Law (Mar. 22, 2011)
  • Keynote Speaker, The Plight of Pro Se Litigants, Fordham Law Review Symposium (Jan. 15, 2011) Keynote Speaker, ASU Lecture-Concert Series, Arkansas State University (Nov. 18, 2010) Speaker, Q&A with Seth P. Waxman and Shon R. Hopwood, Harvard University (Mar. 7, 2010)

SELECTED MEDIA

  • Susan Svrluga, He robbed banks and went to prison. His time there put him on track for a new job: Georgetown law professor, WASHINGTON POST (Apr. 21, 2017)
  • Adam Liptak, Supreme Court’s End-of-Summer Conference: Where Appeals ‘Go to Die,’ NEW YORK TIMES (Aug. 31, 2015)
  • Tim Wu, Who’s to Judge, THE NEW YORKER (Feb. 29, 2014)
  • Mark Memmott, The Incredible Case of the Bank Robber Who’s Now a Law Clerk, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED (Sept. 5, 2013)
  • Adam Liptak, The Robber, the Judge, and the Case for Leniency, NEW YORK TIMES (Aug. 26, 2013) Adam Liptak, A Mediocre Criminal, but an Unmatched Jailhouse Lawyer, NEW YORK TIMES (Feb. 8, 2010) BAR MEMBERSHIP AND

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Member, State Bar of Washington
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Admitted,
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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