Hometown: Coldwater, Mich.
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Major: Computer Science
Conduct a Google search for Gregory Hayes and the results would paint a picture of a life well-lived, well-traveled, and constantly evolving. This small-town Michigan guy realized his California dream working at Google corporate; he's visited all but one of the 50 states, has a well-stamped passport, has swam with dolphins, met former President Clinton, and trekked through Machu Picchu. What could possibly follow these feats? Law school!
A techie by trade, Gregory enjoyed his time at Google — and yes, what you've heard it true: they have great free food, awesome free gyms, and many other great amenities — but even that couldn't keep law school away for long. After seven years of working in the tech field, he hoped to explore a new dream of someday running his own business. Given his aptitude for logical and process-oriented thinking, law or business seemed a natural fit. He thought about graduate school for a long time, and in 2008, turned down a full scholarship to an MBA program.
"In retrospect, it was a fortunate choice as the financial crisis started shortly after I would have enrolled."
He then turned to law, and knows he chose the right specialty. While he was shopping schools, Pacific McGeorge beat out stiff competition (Duke, USC, UC Davis, Temple) for his favor for one reason: the top-ranked trial advocacy program. "McGeorge's trial advocacy program has consistently ranked among the best in the country, and is a consistent force in the mock trial and moot court competitions." Since arriving at Pacific McGeorge, his reasons for choosing the law school have increased beyond the trial advocacy program — he has been astounded by the support he's received along the way from faculty and administration.
"The professors engage with students to challenge thinking, beliefs, and arguments, and are helping me see things in ways I had not before considered. They are approachable and genuinely care about their students." Additionally, the administration has helped him with whatever he has needed: "they're always there, respond with a smile — McGeorge feels like a family."
Gregory has excelled while at Pacific McGeorge. He starred in the Annual Pacific McGeorge 1L Moot Court Competition during his first year, and emerged victorious in the Global Lawyering Skills Final Four competition in his second year. During his third year he has been a successful member of the Pacific McGeorge Mock Trial team.
In the future, Gregory hopes to work in criminal prosecution or defense, and would love a position that will provide trial experience he can apply to better California, his adopted home.