Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

A Message from DBA President Franz Hardy ~ August/September 2017

Since my letter “From There to Here” appeared in the last issue of The Docket, I have received scores of responses from DBA members. They embody the inclusivity that we embrace. I was so moved and humbled by the responses (several from people I have yet to meet) that it seemed appropriate to share some of them with you, as they showcase the welcoming community that the DBA truly is. It is an honor to serve such a great group of people. Thank you again!

  • First, I was so happy and proud of you for being elected DBA president; you will do a great job. Second, and more importantly, I was moved by your short bio in The Docket, not to mention that good looking dude on the cover. As an immigrant myself, I can relate to so much of what you said. We expect great things from you, Franz, and I am completely confidant we will not be let down.
  • I just returned from a trip to find you smiling up at me from my desk. Wow, what a power photo. Congratulations and I look forward to your leadership in the coming year.  I was also interested to read about your story. It’s strange how we know people for years but don’t know the real story. So you are biracial? I am of similarly biracial ethnicities. Funny how you go through life thinking you’re the only one, but there are a few others out there. Builds character. If you ever want to hang out with a bunch of folks with similar ethnicities, give us a call. 
  • I just read an article about you leading the Denver Bar Association. I immediately started grinning ear to ear and shouted, “That’s my boy!” Man, I am so proud of you and your accomplishments! I wish you every continued success. Take care buddy!
  • I wanted to write to thank you for sharing such a personal and vulnerable part of yourself in the DBA newsletter. Like you, I knew meager beginnings growing up. So I appreciate your willingness to be open about this part of yourself. Thank you.
  • Franz: You are awesome. Thank you for your leadership of the DBA – we are incredibly lucky to have you!
  • Congratulations on being elected DBA president, and thank you for the thoughtful introductory letter – really compelling message.  
  • What a wonderful introduction! Welcome! And congratulations on your new position. I hope you will bring all of your inclusiveness and professional practice visions to the DBA.
  • Your letter as the new president was so sweet; I had to send you an email. I was very touched by your story and the way you expressed it.
  • I’m a recent transplant from the East Coast, where I was a public defender. I’ve seen so much hardship and know that the strength and tenacity to pull oneself up despite the odds is staggering. It’s so nice to know that the president of the DBA is a fighter and knowledgeable of what struggles many have to overcome to succeed. I hope to meet you in the future and best of luck in your new appointment.
  • Love this message and love having you at the helm of the DBA!
  • Hi Franz. I read and was touched by your article. Welcome aboard. 
  • We have not met before, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your article. It was terrific. It was informative and inspirational, hopefully will also encourage some younger attorneys to get involved and belong.
  • Very sincere and touching letter. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you great success during your term!
  • I just read your introduction to the legal community. You were not asking for this type of response, but “Wow, you are an inspiration!” You’re a lot younger than I am. In fact, you might not have been around when I graduated from college. I graduated from CSU, like you, but several decades ago. All the best to you in your new position. You’re off to a great start.
  • I just read your first DBA president’s message and was so moved. I especially appreciate your comments about honoring each member’s path. I’m learning (just now!) that there are many paths up the mountain. And it’s inspiring to hear the DBA president talk about his own professional obstacles and offering a safe place to folks, no matter where they might be on that path. I’m looking forward to your presidency and wish you well!
  • Loved your “autobiography” column and had no idea about your  Japanese background. Little known fact about me: I lived in Japan as a kid (military brat) and can still speak some Japanese. Thanks for your public service. 
  • Your personal story is moving for me as I had a similar experience – I went to numerous elementary and junior high schools. Lots of moving, not knowing if the lights would be on or a yellow sticker eviction notice would be on our door. My folks split early and us boys were carted around with my mom, who seemed to marry misery. It was this experience that allowed me to navigate through many schools of diversity, and this experience continues to drive me as an ally for diversity and inclusiveness today. Thanks so much for sharing your powerful story, Franz.  I’m so excited to be working with you. D

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