About John J. Hargrove


Former U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John J. Hargrove is proud to be a "Double Domer," having received his B.A. degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1964, and his J.D. degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1967. His commitment to the Fighting Irish continued after graduation; he has served as President of the University of Notre Dame's National Alumni Association.

The clear sense of justice that serves John Hargrove well as a judge was enhanced by his 22 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, retiring a Lieutenant Colonel. His military service launched his lifetime commitment to justice and community. In 2004, he organized and launched the nationally acclaimed Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program in San Diego County. He and volunteer-attorney CARE teams made presentations in numerous high schools and other organizations to help ensure that young people understand the benefits of financial stability.

He also has played an important role in the Community Outreach program sponsored by the judges of the Southern District of California. He also lectures about the bankruptcy process for the San Diego Unified School District and has developed a program for financial literacy which he teaches in the schools.

Former judge Hargrove retired from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California at the beginning of 2008. He has provided 22 years of federal service as a bankruptcy judge, five of which were as Chief Judge. Married for 40 years, he has four grown children.