Liam P. Hardy, the newest nominee to the CAAF, began his professional career in engineering. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering (B.S.E.) from Princeton University and then received his Masters of Science (M.S.) in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. In 2008, he enrolled in the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor on the Georgetown Law Journal.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Hardy served as a law clerk to Judge Margaret Ryan on the CAAF. Then, after working a year at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, he went on to clerk for Judge David Sentelle in the D.C. Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court.
After clerking, Mr. Hardy returned to Kirkland & Ellis as an associate, and was promoted to partner in two years. Throughout his time at the firm, he focused on complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. He also advised clients on legislative and policy issues. Some of his areas of expertise include intellectual property disputes, class actions and government investigations.
Currently, Mr. Hardy serves as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. He is also a lecturer at Harvard Law School and an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School, primarily focusing on the military justice system. His nomination to the CAAF is currently pending before the Senate Armed Services Committee.