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Tricia P. Martland

Tricia P. Martland

For the last two decades, Tricia Martland has worked extensively in the area of family law as an attorney, professor and mediator.  In addition to teaching Family Law and Mediation Techniques, Tricia honed these skills mediating family and divorce disputes for the Rhode Island Family Court in Newport until the onset of COVID 19.  Working with the philosophy that parties in conflict that come together toward an agreeable resolution can improve their ability to navigate future life challenges, she has helped many families to explore options that may have been previously overlooked.  Today, Tricia maintains her mediation practice privately, co-mediating with Jeremy Howe while also teaching as a faculty member at Roger Williams University.

I work to secure your future and the future of those you love.

Professional Experience

Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island (2006 to present)

Professor of Legal Studies, tenured 2012

            Program Director for Legal Studies Department

Rhode Island Family Court:  Family and Divorce Mediator (2017 – 2020)

Roger Williams University School of Law (Adjunct Professor)

Rhode Island Family Court (2003-2006)

Hearing Officer for Family Treatment Drug Court

Rhode Island Department of Attorney General

Special Assistant Attorney General (2000-2003)

Criminal Prosecutor in the Family Court/Juvenile Unit.

***Awarded the Crime Victim Service Award 2020 by the Rhode Island Crime Victim Service Provider Steering Committee

Hassenfeld Grant Recipient 2019, co-awarded with RWU Professors Newcity and Cade and the Rhode Island Family Court


Roger Williams School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island:  Family and Divorce Mediation Training, 2018

Roger Williams School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island.  Juris Doctorate, 2000

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.  Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. June, 1996

University of Arizona, Tucson.  Bachelor of Arts, June, 1991


  • “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island.” Co-Author, Mediation Chapter, 2nd Edition 2019, Supplement 2021 

  • “What is Mediation and How Can it be Used to Promote Peace in our Relationships?”  Newport Neighbors Magazine, September 2020

  • “Mediation and the Problem of COVID 19” co-authored article with Lori J. Giarrusso. Rhode Island Bar Journal, November/December 2020

  • “A Legal Examination of Revenge Pornography and Cyber harassment.” Co-authored by Tricia P. Martland, Tom Lonardo and Doug White. Journal of Digital Forensics Security and Law, Volume 11(3) 2016

  • “Stalking Victimization Patterns” entry to the Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime is published by Wiley Publishing, 2017

  • Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officer’s Manual, 5th Edition. Supervised student and legal revision of the Officer’s Manual for the Department of the Attorney General. December, 2013.

  • “Third-Party Consent to Search” co-authored with Tom Lonardo, Doug White and Alan Rhea. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law:2012.

  • “From Classroom to Courtroom: The Legal Advocacy Clinic as a Collaborative Effort to Address Domestic Violence Issues in the Community” Journal of Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Fall 2010, ISSN 1941-7462.

  • “The Case for Clear and Convincing Evidence: Do  Our Laws Value Property Over Children?”  Journal of Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Winter, 2010.

  • ISSN 1941-7462.

  • “Role of the Domestic Violence Advocate”, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March 2007.

  • “Falling Into the Gap” Rhode Island Bar Journal, November, 2008.


  • Rhode Island State Victim’s Assistance Academy “Advanced Topics” at Baypoint.   Presented on Legal Issues, February, 2016

  • Presented “Navigating the Criminal Justice System” to RISVAA at Baypoint Conference Center, Roger Williams University. Presented every July from 2013- 2019.

  • Conference Presentation at NEACJS on “Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: The Legal Advocacy Clinic.” June, 2016

  • What the Case of JDB v. North Carolina Says About Children, Age and the Power of the State. Georgetown University, East Coast Graduate Conference, June, 2013.

  • Parenting is a Privilege: Making the Case for a Parent-Child Testimonial Privilege.

  • Georgetown University, East Coast Graduate Conference, Summer, 2011.

  • The Case for Clear and Convincing Evidence: Do Our Laws Value Property Over Children? Georgetown University, Liberal Studies Conference, Summer, 2010.

  • The Case for Clear and Convincing Evidence: Do Our Laws Value Property Over Children? NEACJS Conference (New England Association of Criminal Justice) Summer, 2010.

  • New England Juvenile Defender Center Conference: Presented on two panels discussing adolescent brain development and juvenile competency.  Concord, New Hampshire, August 2011.

  • Rhode Island Senate and House Judiciary Committees:  Testified before both committees on the effects of domestic violence on children and in support of related to bill offered by Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Summer, 2010.

  • Digital Sciences Institute: Co-authored paper “Legal Issues Regarding Digital Forensic Examiners Third Party Consent to Search” accepted for presentation at November, 2011 conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Rhode Island Family Court: Provided Continuing Legal Education trainings for lawyers on the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC).  Also organized and led a “judicial roundtable” for Family Court Judges on the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children.

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Mediators Association (RIMA)

  • Rhode Island Inns of Court

  • Rhode Island Bar Association/ Family Court Bench/Bar Committee

  • American Bar Association,

  • Board of Directors:

  • NEJDC (New England Juvenile Defender Center) Member of Board of Directors, 2010-2015)

  • Lucy’s Hearth (Shelter for homeless women and children, Middletown, RI) Member of Board of Directors 2013-2019

  • St. Philomena School, Board of Trustees: June 2015-2020