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Hardy Vieux

Vice President, Legal

Hardy leads and oversees management of the organization’s legal initiatives—including its pro bono legal representation, amicus brief, and legal outreach efforts. Hardy manages Human Rights First’s refugee representation work, which pairs lawyers at the nation’s top law firms with indigent refugees in need of counsel.  

In 2014, Hardy served as a policy fellow in the Middle East, where he worked at Save the Children International in Amman, Jordan.  There, he handled child protection policy issues impacting Syrian refugee children living in Jordan.

Prior to living in the Middle East, Hardy was in private legal practice in Washington, D.C. for over ten years.  In private practice, Hardy focused on white collar criminal defense and complex civil trials.  Hardy represented a wide array of institutional and individual clients—including major technology companies and manufacturers, real estate developers, and pharmaceutical companies.

While in private practice, Hardy also handled numerous pro bono matters, ranging from litigation stemming from the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to juvenile detention impact litigation and asylum representation.  In 2010, the D.C. Bar recognized him as its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

Before moving to private practice, Hardy was a criminal appellate defense counsel in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served as lead counsel in a capital punishment case and argued issues involving Fourth Amendment search and seizure, Sixth Amendment ineffective assistance of counsel, and procedural due process.  He is a frequent media commentator on military justice issues.

Hardy started his legal career as a law clerk in federal district court in Denver, Colorado.

Hardy serves on the board of visitors of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  He is also the immediate past-president of the national Duke Alumni Association and served on Duke University’s Board of Trustees from 1999 - 2013.   He also serves on the board of the National Institute of Military Justice and the D.C. Scholars Public Charter School.

Hardy is a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Ford School of Public Policy, where he earned his law and Master of Public Policy degrees. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1993.

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