Estrella Cedillo was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a native Spanish speaker. After graduating high school, she moved to Northern California to attend Saint Mary’s College of California where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. After earning her Bachelor’s she began working with elementary aged children drafting individualized behavioral plans. Estrella realized she could make a stronger impact on children and families by becoming an attorney. She packed up her things and moved to Long Island, New York to attend Hofstra Law School where she was a Child Advocacy and Family Law Fellow. Estrella’s passion is to be the voice for those who are often silenced through their inability to navigate the judicial system on their own. She’s worked with victims of intimate partner abuse in family law matters, conducted mediation during child support disputes, assisted attorneys advocating for children with disabilities in disputes against the Department of Education, and advocated for immigrant youth seeking immigration relief. Throughout her time at Hofstra Law, Estrella completed a total of 1,656 hours of pro bono service earning her the Gold Standard Pro Bono Service Award. She was also awarded the Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence for her dedication to pro bono service through student-run organizations and outside activities. Estrella was also an editor for Volumes 55 and 56 of the Family Court Review. Estrella moved to Las Cruces in 2018 to be with her boyfriend who studies medicine at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University.