April 20, 2007
Berkeley - From her days as a feisty competitor for the California softball program, all the way to heading of one of the most successful tax law firms in the country, former Golden Bear Roni Deutch still carries the ultra-aggressive spirit that has made her a true leader and role model for many young women today.
Deutch developed a love and competitive passion for sports at an early age, especially growing up with five brothers who enjoyed a wide variety of athletic activities. But her brothers, it seemed, were no match for Deutch on the playing field, and as she puts it, "I was the best athlete in my family!"
Deutch eventually continued her education at Cal, where she obtained a dual degrees in pre-law and ethnic studies and played at third base under head coach Donna Terry from 1983-86.
"I was offered a scholarship to play softball at Cal," said Deutch, who went on to earn all-conference honors four times and was a member of the 1986 All-Women's College World Series team. "It was the greatest job in the world to play softball for Cal. Cal instilled an intellectual confidence in me. Cal stimulated my mind and enlightened me. It gave me the confidence to go to law school."
After college, Deutch built on her legal platform when she attended Western State University College of Law in Fullerton with an emphasis in tax law. There, she developed an awareness of the dangers of the federal taxation system and of the devastating financial impact it can have on the lives of those who become indebted to the Internal Revenue Service. This understanding spurred Deutch to become president of the student tax association and to obtain an advanced LL.M. degree or Master of Laws. Once out of law school, Deutch dedicated her practice and profession to representing taxpayers seeking relief from federal tax liability, and her firm, which is located in North Highlands, Calif., just outside of Sacramento, has assisted thousands of taxpayers find the appropriate relief from the IRS.
For Deutch, being a Golden Bear helped pave the way for a successful career, ultimately allowing her to stay involved and be a special role model for today's Cal softball players now under the direction of head coach Diane Ninemire.
"My mom was my biggest role model and my hero," noted Deutch. "And she told me that I can do anything. What I try to teach to the young women on the Cal softball team is that `you can do anything you put your mind to.' I say to them, `Look at me!' Visualize your goals and achieve them. If anything, I hope to be a role model for these girls.
"Those four years were the greatest four years of my life," Deutch added, who has organized numerous fund raisers for Cal softball. "In this world, there are givers and takers. I am a giver. I am giving back to this program financially. It takes time, money, energy, and dedication. I am willing to do whatever it takes to support coach `Di' and her program."