2019 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award
The Goldmark Award recognizes the exceptional leadership of an individual, group, or organization in providing, promoting, or advocating for equal justice for Washington’s low-income individuals, families, and communities. Since the inaugural Goldmark Award Luncheon in 1987, the Goldmark Award has recognized over 40 individuals and groups for their instrumental work in advancing equal justice.
2019 Goldmark Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Professor Shon Hopwood, Georgetown University Law Center
Shon Hopwood’s unusual legal career began prior to him attending law school and included the U.S. Supreme Court granting two petitions for certiorari that he prepared while serving prison time for bank robbery. Shon shares his story of robbing banks, prison, and winning Supreme Court cases in his book Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer. Shon’s research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, civil rights, and the constitutional rights of prisoners. He received a J.D. in 2014 as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar from the University of Washington School of Law. He served as a law clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. And, his legal scholarship has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Fordham, and Washington Law Reviews, as well as the American Criminal Law Review and Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure.