Sacramento District Attorney's Office
Area of Practice: Criminal Law
Year Graduated: 2014
Hometown: Coldwater, Mich.
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Major: Computer Science
Gregory left a successful career as a Google software engineer and came to McGeorge to pursue his dream of being a trial attorney. His McGeorge experiences-mock trial, moot court competitions, summer externships-paid off, and he landed a job in the Sacramento DA's office shortly after passing the bar. One of the attorneys in the DA's office was both a McGeorge alum and his coach in his third-year mock trial competition. "He's one of the most ethical people I know," Gregory says, "and someone I emulate professionally." His work is everything he was looking for: "Challenging, rewarding, and at the end of the day, all about doing the right thing."
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 swum 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, 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." While at McGeorge, his reasons for choosing the law school have increased beyond the trial advocacy program — he was astounded by the support he 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 excelled while at McGeorge. He starred in the Annual 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 was a successful member of the McGeorge Mock Trial team.
Gregory hoped 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. Gragory has worked for in the Sacramento District Attorney's office since 2014.