Secret Lives at PMH: George Hardy

By: Elizabeth Wong

Name: George Hardy

Class: 3L

george hardyQ: What do you plan to do after LSU Law?
A:I hope to get paid to be a lawyer and do lawyer things.

Q: Rumor has it that you’ve had a myriad of different jobs, what kind of jobs have you held?
A: I have worked for an exotic mushroom delivery service. I have been a barista and a bartender. I was a graduate teacher of East Asian and Native American Religions at the University of Colorado. I studied Sanskrit at Naropa University. I have been an antiques dealer, a booking agent and a band manager, a web and graphic designer, a product designer, and small business owner, operator, and consultant. I also delivered pizzas when I was a kid, but I tend to keep that off my resume.

Q: What has been your favorite job?
A: Probably doing independent graphic design and working with small businesses to help them with logos, branding and market placement; just helping them get up and running.

Q: Why have you decided to be an attorney?
A: I felt like the other stuff I was doing was kind of self-serving and inconsequential. I wanted to be able to help my friends and family, maybe contribute to the community in a more significant way.

Q: What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are in going into the legal field?
A: I think that my diverse experiences are really a strength. I have a handle on getting around in the professional world. My age might be seen as a weakness, but that remains to be seen.

Q: What kind of law are you looking to get into?
A: Preferably the kind that I can get paid for. Right now, I’m clerking for a plaintiff’s attorney doing a lot of toxic torts and products liability cases, which I enjoy. I’m also interested in intellectual property which sort of fits in with a lot of the things I’ve done in the past.

Q: If you could have any job in the world and get paid for it, what would it be and why?
A: I would love to own a small cinema that screens old prints of classic films. I also collect random home movies I find at garage sales, and I would love to have a found-footage night where I would just show 8mm reels of other people’s memories.

Q: What movie do you think everyone should have to see before they die?
A: The Maltese Falcon is a favorite. Maybe Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman, and Playtime by Jacques Tati.

Q: Is there any professor you didn’t have who you wish you had taken courses with?
A: Andrea Carroll. She has a reputation for being tough, but I tend to respond well to professors with high expectations. Also, I have an unhealthy obsession with the civil code, and she seems like a hard-core civilian.

Q: What do you think is your biggest life lesson?
A: Never buy a shirt from a naked man.

Q: Where do you plan on taking the bar?
A: Louisiana.

Q: What’s the first thing you plan on doing after the bar?
A: Probably curl up in the fetal position and cry for a few days.

Q: Is there anything you would have done differently as a 1L?
A: I would never have gone to Bogie’s. Not ever. The entire place smells like stale beer and roofies. I want to take a shower just thinking about it.

Q: What advice do you have for 1Ls for their upperclassmen years?
A: Don’t take advice from 3Ls.

Q: Define George Hardy.
A: I think I’m tragically curious & perpetually confused. I’m sure I have a reputation for talking a lot in class, but my questions are usually sincere.

Q: Do you prefer Lexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg?
A: I have a personal loathing for all three but if I have to pick one, probably Westlaw. Most of the time I can find what I’m looking for on Westlaw.

A: I think an attorney needs to be able to design an effective billboard. How can anyone expect to get quality clients without their face all over town?
Q: As an attorney, what would your billboard say?
A: Nice try, get your own idea.

Q: To round out the interview, what will be the first five things you will do when you graduate?
A: 1.) Smoke a cigar on the front steps, 2.) Sleep, 3.) Get out of town for a few days, 4.) Try not to think about preparing for the bar, 5.) Start preparing for the bar.

Q: Where are you taking the bar?
A: I definitely plan on taking the Louisiana Bar but it looks like I may have to take the Texas Bar as well.

Q: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in regards to law school?
A: My greatest strength is I am a scheduler and organized. Together, those are the perfect combination for getting what you need to get done. My greatest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist so I’m my own worst critic. I will make problems magnified in my own head and in reality, they really aren’t that big. It’s a constant struggle for me to maintain perspective and learn to pick my battles.