A Nebraskan man who served 11 years in federal prison for robbing banks managed to turn his life around and landed an extremely respectable career.
Shon Hopwood, 41, is set to begin teaching at Georgetown University’s law school after having served many years behind bars.
Rather than become a drain on society, Hopwood took it upon himself to use his time behind bars to better himself.
It all started when he started reading books from the prison library. In no time, he was helping other inmates overcome legal hurdles.
“When I started winning cases for other prisoners while I was still inside prison, I found that I really enjoyed helping other people with their legal problems, especially people who can’t afford a good lawyer,” he said, according to WRC-TV.
Conservative Tribune reports:
After his release from prison, Hopwood received a scholarship from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. He also clerked for a federal judge and wrote his memoir: “Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases and Finding Redemption.”
Hopwood, who was scheduled to begin teaching at Georgetown in July, described everything that has happened to him as surreal. For example, he helped his former criminal defense attorney practice a case and he also spoke on an academic panel with the judge who sentenced him.
Hopwood said his primary goal was to help people, give students an understanding of the real impact of the law, and maybe influence the criminal justice system.
Hopwood is an inspiration to all. His accomplishments show that you can accomplish anything through hard work and determination.
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