As a first-generation college student, the Hon. Allan Hardcastle ’77, ’79 has never forgotten the impact the University of the Pacific had on him. That experience is what now drives him to serve as president of the Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors, volunteer in the admission office to recruit incoming students, and serve as a judge for McGeorge School of Law’s Trial Advocacy courses.
“I give my time to Pacific out of a sense of gratitude for the university taking a chance on a skinny kid from the Central Valley,” Hardcastle explained. “Pacific gave me the opportunity to go to college. I can never repay that. I want future students to have the same opportunities and experiences I received.”
Hardcastle received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Pacific in 1977 and his JD from McGeorge School of Law in 1979.
Following law school, Hardcastle joined the Army Judge Advocate General Corps and served as a criminal trial counsel and defense counsel at Fort Benning in Georgia.
He later joined the law firm Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell as an associate attorney before establishing Babin, Seeger and Hardcastle with two colleagues in 1986.
In 1997, Hardcastle was appointed to be a judge of the Superior Court of Sonoma County where he served until his retirement in 2020.
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