Liam Hardy

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2019


Liam Hardy is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, focusing on constitutional issues that arise in the Military Justice System. He also currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, and as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School.

In the Office of Legal Counsel, Hardy assists the Attorneys General in their role as legal adviser to the President and the Executive Branch agencies. The Office drafts legal opinions of the Attorney General and provides its own written opinions and other legal advice in response to requests from the President, the Department of Justice, and other Executive Branch agencies. The Office also reviews the constitutionality of pending legislation, the legality of proposed orders or proclamations to be issued by the President, and the legality of proposed orders and regulations to be issued by the Attorney General.

Prior to serving in the Department of Justice, Hardy practiced law as a litigation partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Hardy represented clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels and provided guidance on legislative and policy issues. Hardy’s litigation practice focused on a broad array of subject matters, including intellectual property disputes, class actions, mass torts, government investigations, breach of contract, and fraud. He also advised clients on a wide range of policy issues related to constitutional and administrative law, and intellectual property rights.

Before joining Kirkland, Hardy served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Margaret A. Ryan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Hardy holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S. from Stanford University, and a B.S.E. from Princeton University.

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