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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

Legacies PACI F I C L AW 31 Katherine Bardis, ’13, earned her J.D. in May and immediately went to work starting her own business, B&B Homes. “I went to college in Los Angeles but decided to come back to Sacramento for law school,” she says. “I enjoyed the academic experience at McGeorge, which helped me grow my own community network, and I decided to live in Sacramento.” Her father, Christo Bardis, ’70, a very successful homebuilder in California and Nevada, remembers how he got his start. “I have always believed that law school offers an individual the ability to develop his or her analytical skills,” Bardis says. “McGeorge offered that opportunity. The training one receives is extremely helpful whether you choose to practice law or engage in another profession. I limited my practice of law to a short stint, then devoted my efforts to the development and construction business. The legal training has been immensely helpful.” Catherine Reichenberg, ’06, joined her father, Mark Gunderson, ’79, at his Reno firm, and she fit right in. Often cited as a rising star in Nevada legal circles, she remembers the rigors of law school much as many of her father’s peers might. “I enjoyed McGeorge,” she says. “The first year was terrible, but I had wonderful friends who made it bearable. My husband helped me get more involved and comfortable, and Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker was a wonderful mentor.” Her father was an Air Force pilot once stationed at nearby Mather Air Force Base. “I made my application and can say without reservation it was the right choice,” he says. “It was one of the best decisions of my life. The lessons learned inside and outside the classroom have stayed with me in my personal life as well.” Gunderson’s experience in the cockpit also came in handy as he argued nearly 150 trials, 50 or more to juries. He also has a reputation as a top appellate attorney who has argued 25 cases before the Nevada Supreme Court. Lauren Noland, ’13, passed the bar in July and is off and running in the world of water resources law. She joined her father, Michael Noland, ’78, a University of the Pacific graduate, at Kahn, Soares & Conway LLP, the pre-eminent agricultural law firm in California, with offices in Hanford and Sacramento. “I chose McGeorge because of its location,” she says. “It also has the water law classes I knew would come in handy in practicing agricultural law. Moot Court was a great experience there, and the opportunities to do internships are so beneficial.” Her father, a Hanford native, chose Pacific rather than a big-city university. “It was a good school in the Central Valley, where I knew I would settle,” he says. “Water law is always going to be an open field for those who wish to enter the legal profession, and I advise McGeorge students to consider it.” Noland isn’t alone in saying he’s “very proud” of his daughter. The enthusiasm of these members of the younger generation also says a great deal about the drive, determination and achievements of their parents, in which Pacific McGeorge played a significant role. S T E V E Y E AT E R Opposite page: Katherine Bardis, ’13, and Christo Bardis, ’70. Below: Catherine Reichenberg, ’06, and Mark Gunderson, ’79. Bottom: Lauren Noland, ’13, and Michael Noland, ’78.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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