July 2, 2012
The California Judges Association (CJA) elected Judge Allan Hardcastle, '79, of the Sonoma County Superior Court as its 81st president at its executive board meeting on June 19, 2012, in Sacramento.
Hardcastle, currently a CJA vice president, will serve a one-year term beginning October 14, 2012. He will be the third McGeorge graduate to lead the organization, which is the largest private association of active and retired judges, justices and commissioners in the country. William Wunderlich, '72, was the 1998-99 CJA president when he was a justice of the California Court of Appeal, Sixth District. In 2009-10, the association was led by Michael Vicencia, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge.
Hardcastle has served in every division of his court except for Family Law since becoming a judge 15 years ago. He has been the supervising judge of both the Criminal and Civil divisions and Assistant Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge. He currently presides over a juvenile delinquency department and is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a managing partner in the civil litigation firm Babin, Seeger and Hardcastle. A dual graduate of University of the Pacific, Hardcastle is a frequent volunteer judge for McGeorge's highly touted Trial Advocacy Program.
Other CJA officers elected for the 2012/13 term include Judge Barbara Kronlund, '89, of the San Joaquin Superior Court. She is also very active in the law school's Trial Advocacy program.