March 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Featuring Nationally Recognized Prison Reform Advocate: Professor Shon Hopwood, JD

Former bank robber, jailhouse lawyer, and now legal scholar and prison reform advocate, Professor Hopwood will share his personal story of rehabilitation & re-entry transitional programming as well as overall meaningful incarceration systemic advances.


Panel Discussion

This Phase 1 panel discussion will focus on training, education and employment. Some of the impactful discussion will include some of the following topics:

  • Reality & Experience of Craft/Vocational Training in Jail
    • Funding Options for training
  • Re-Entry into workforce
  • Where can they work?
  • Next steps to making this happen?
    • Political needs to make this happen?

Who is this event for?

  • All Business Owners/CEOs
  • Human Resources Managers & Workforce Development Professionals
    • Private
    • Government
    • Commercial
    • Industrial Sectors
  • Related Government Agencies
  • Statewide political leaders who contribute to making meaningful legislative changes
  • Non-Profits & Faith-Based entities involved in any facet of Louisiana’s Prison System

Meet Shon Hopwood

Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Shon’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners. Two petitions for certiorari he prepared were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court, and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Shon’s story has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, and on 60 Minutes.

Shon received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar. He clerked for Judge Janice Rogers Brown at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then served as a Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Appellate Litigation Program, where he litigated criminal, immigration, and civil rights cases in federal courts of appeals. Shon co-wrote a memoir entitled Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer, and his scholarship on courts and the criminal justice system has been published in major law reviews. He is also the co-founder of Prison Professors L.L.C.

Friday, March 8th

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Registration & Networking

At this time all guests are to check in and use this great opportunity for networking.

11:30 - 12:30

Guest Speaker & Lunch

During this time, all guests should be seated at their designated tables. Lunch will be served and our guest speaker Shon Hopwood will share his story that lead him on the path to where he is now.

12:40 - 1:40

Panel Discussion

Rehabilitating Individuals through Strategic Encounters. At this time, a panel discussion moderated by Professor Shon Hopwood. The panel will discuss topics within the realm of educating, training and employment within the prison system. The panelist will include prestigious local experts, Chris Broadwater Lisa D. Lavergne, Natalie LaBorde, Stephen Toups, John Easley. (For pictures and biographies of our panel click below.)

1:40 - 2:00

Q & A

This is when the audience will have the time to ask Professor Shon Hopwood and the panelist questions.


In Collaboration With:

U.S. Middle District Reentry Court

Honorable Shelly D. Dick, Presiding Judge


U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana

Erin Wilder-Doomes, United States Magistrate Judge


Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event possible!

Limited High Exposure Sponsorships Available

Proceeds go towards benefitting Connections For Life Re-Entry Housing, Comprehensive Programming and Thrift Store for Women.


Individual tickets, please purchase by March 3, 2019.


Individual Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities

Shon Hopwood Event Planning Committee

Thank you to all who helped plan and organize this innovative and informative event.

John Fenner, Turner Industries, Corporate General Counsel

Wayne Tyson, Turner Industries, Workforce Development Manager

Michelle Hardy, Turner Industries, Director of Community Relations

Lane Grigsby, Cajun USA, Founder

Chris Broadwater, Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges, Vice President and Workforce Policies

John Spain, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Vice President

Skip Philips, Taylor Porter Brooks and Philips, Partner

Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes, Re-entry Court Partner

Clarence Rambo, Middle District Louisiana Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Lisa Carrol Madonna, Supervisor U.S. Probation (Re-entry Court Liaison)

Barbara Bond, Community Volunteer and Mentor

Beau Olinde, Olinde’s Furniture, Former President

Geron (Gee Gee) Hargon

Kerry Myers

Jenny Hastings

Angela deGravelles

Morgan Patty

Mary McBride

Charles deGravelles

Venue Information

The Event Center at L’Auberge

VIP Reception Hosted and Sponsored by Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Phillips.

Two tickets are available for this event through Platinum Sponsorship.

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