Former convict lands clerkship; Indiana student pulls gun on robber

It was a GOOD week for…

Turning your life around, after a convicted bank robber changed his ways, attended law school and landed a position clerking for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Shon Hopwood was sentenced to spend more than ten years in prison for stealing about $200,000 from several banks. Hopwood used his time in prison to study case law and assist his fellow inmates, including helping one reduce his sentence by four years. Hopwood was released from prison in 2008, and will graduate next year from the University of Washington School of Law.

It was a BAD week for…

Messing with a law student, after a group of teenagers’ plan to steal one law student’s car was thwarted when she pulled a gun on them. Kari Bird, a first year law student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law said four young men approached her around 11:30 p.m. last week. One of the men pulled out a gun and demanded that she give up the keys. After handing over the keys, Bird realized her law books were still inside the car, and decided to take action. She reached into the car and pulled out her own gun, scaring the teens away.