|Former Nebraska bank robber turned law student to speak at Omaha Public Library|
|July 31, 2012|
Shon Hopwood, author of “Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption,” will speak at three Omaha Public Library events:
Growing up in a small town in Nebraska, Shon Hopwood was a good kid from a good family, a burgeoning basketball star whose parents started a local church. But, when the cheers faded and his attempts at college and military service didn’t pan out, he felt trapped in a life of everyday sameness. When his equally adrift best friend suggested robbing a bank, it seemed like a way to relieve the boredom and make something happen. Hopwood proceeded to commit five robberies before he was caught and sentenced to a dozen years in federal prison. At 23, he feared his life was over.
Instead of a dead end, Hopwood discovered new beginnings. By the time he walked out of prison he’d pulled off a series of legal miracles, earned the undying gratitude of numerous inmates, won the woman of his dreams, and built a new life for himself far greater than anything he could have imagined. Hopwood’s improbable-but-true memoir recounts his unprecedented accomplishments in petitioning the Supreme Court that paved the way for a promising legal career. He now attends the University of Washington School of Law and lives in Seattle with his wife Annie and their two children.
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