Shon Hopwood: Drugs, Incarceration, & Criminal Justice Reform

Shon Hopwood: Drugs, Incarceration, & Criminal Justice Reform


In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Shon Hopwood, bank robber turned law professor, to discuss his views on criminal justice reform, the state of the war on drugs in America, the prison sentences for drug crimes, the 4th amendment (the right to privacy) and more. 

Since becoming a licensed attorney, Shon’s record of success has continued: In 2016 alone, he won three federal habeas appeals before the Fourth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals. He went on to serve 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. He is currently a tenure-track professor of law at Georgetown Law School and a founding partner at, where he works to create content that will improve the outcome of our nation’s criminal justice system.

Associate Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, and Motivational Speaker

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Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is an expert on federal courts, criminal procedure (including federal sentencing), and prisoners’ rights. Shon’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners. Shon’s incredible story of second chances and success after failure has been featured in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, and most recently, on 60 Minutes. He is the author of the memoir Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Cases and Finding Redemption, and an advocate for criminal justice reform.