David T. Hardy has practiced law since 1975. He was born in Phoenix to an old-line Arizona family: his great-grandfather was Nat Hickman, a gunslinging outlaw who took the alias of Charles W. Hardy when he fled to the Arizona Territory in 1872. There he married an Indian, and was elected the first JP of Cave Creek, A.T.
Hardy served as Associate Editor of the Arizona Law Review, and was on the moot court team which took first place in the Regional competition and competed at the Nationals in New York City. He was also on the team which won the statewide American College of Trial Lawyers competition for best jury argument.
Since then he has handled cases up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and won a death penalty appeal in the Arizona Supreme Court. From 1982 to 1992 he worked in Washington at the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, mostly representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Hardy has five books and thirteen law review articles in print; one of the articles has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and eleven of the thirteen U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
David Kopel holds a BA (with highest honors) from Brown University and a JD (magna cum laude) from University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Contributing Editor to the Michigan Law Review.
He has served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado. He presently is Research Director of the Independence Institute and an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute. He is the author of eight books (on subjects ranging from the Second Amendment to antitrust law, and from toxic waste to Waco) and numerous other publications.