Monday, February 08, 2010

One Path To Becoming an Good Speller Appellate Lawyer

Rob banks.

From the New York Times:
Shon R. Hopwood was not a particularly sophisticated bank robber.

“We would walk into a bank with firearms, tell people to get down, take the money and run,” he said the other day, recalling five robberies in rural Nebraska in 1997 and 1998 that yielded some $200,000 and more than a decade in federal prison.

Mr. Hopwood spent much of that time in the prison law library, and it turned out he was better at understanding the law than breaking it. He transformed himself into something rare at the top levels of the American bar, and unheard of behind bars — an accomplished Supreme Court practitioner.
Sadly, Hopwood has decided to go down the conventional path to a legal education:
Mr. Hopwood, who is 34, said he hopes to apply to law school next year. Richard Friedman, a law professor at the University of Michigan who worked with Mr. Hopwood on the briefs for a recent Supreme Court case, said that he has already talked to the admissions office there about saving a spot.
At least he'll be able to afford the tuition!


Blogger McWho said...

I cannot wait until his moral character application is denied.

2/08/2010 9:58 AM  
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