The Hon. Deborah L. Sanchez is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in November 2006. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Charles Rubin (Ret.).
Judge Sanchez received her B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1982. She went on to earn her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1986.
At the time of her election to the Superior Court, Sanchez was serving as a deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. She worked as a prosecutor there for 18 years, the last five of which she served as a supervisor of the Special Prosecution Unit. Sanchez prosecuted child pornography, exploitation and molestation cases for the City Attorney's Office during her lengthy tenure there. Prior to joining the City Attorney's Office, she spent a brief stint in private practice as a civil litigator.
Judge Sanchez, who is of Native American descent, has been active with the Barbareno Chumash Council and also teaches the Chumash tribal language.
She has served as a volunteer at the Southern California Indian Center and has taught American Indian Studies at her alma mater, California State University, Long Beach.
She has received several awards for her work in the Native American community.