Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz is the daughter of Filipino immigrants, married to a Mexican immigrant, mother to a Mexican Filipino son, and an immigrant herself, having arrived to Southern California, United States at the age of 8 in 1982.
Cheryl is proud to connect her Filipino roots to those roots established in Los Angeles, California. She attended Virgil Junior High and graduated from Belmont High School in 1991. With school records filled with academic honors, leadership positions in student council and school clubs, and positions of captain for both the varsity volleyball and varsity swim team, Cheryl was accepted to and attended University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). She worked full time during college, participated in a study abroad program in Argentina and Chile, and was active in campus organizing.
In 1996, she graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies. That same year, Cheryl received the NAACP Excellence Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the Asian American Studies Highest GPA Award. After college, Cheryl worked as a secretary until multiple and simultaneous personal hardships pushed her to apply to law school.
Cheryl attended the evening program at Southwestern University School of Law while continuing to work during the day as a secretary, accounting clerk, law clerk, and an elementary school teacher’s aide. Her law school highlights include receiving the Writing Achievement Award for the Moot Court Honors Program, and serving as an extern clerk for both the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and for the Alliance for Children’s Rights. She earned her Juris Doctor from Southwestern in 2006.
She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2007 after passing the State Bar Examination on her first attempt. She is admitted in all California state courts as well as the Central District and Southern California District of the U.S. District Courts.