- One University Drive Orange, CA 92866
- Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor of Science
California Western School of Law, Juris Doctor
Tricia D'Ambrosio-Woodward is one of the lucky natives of Southern California, having been born and raised in San Diego. After a long and winding journey pursuing many different academic and career fields (which ranged from waitressing to working with at-risk youth), Tricia's entrance to law school came on somewhat of a whim. The whim paid off as following the first semester, she was placed on the Dean's List (where she remained for all eligible semesters) and awarded an Academic Merit Scholarship. While in law school, Tricia re-started the defunct Child, Family, & Elder Law Society and as Society President, grew the organization to more than 50 active members and created a semi-annual networking event that was attended by more than 40 judges, attorneys, and students. Tricia received the Advanced Mediation Academic Achievement Award for 2009, an honor given to one out of approximately 90 students. She also received an Academic Merit Award for Advanced Legal Research and Writing & Professional Responsibility. As a 3L, Tricia was a Tutor for Torts 2 while working a full time internship with certified family law specialist, Ilona Antonyan. During this internship, she had the opportunity to work on a case of first impression before the court and see the case come to a successful resolution for her client. Tricia finished her accelerated 2-1/2 year law school career by graduating Cum Laude and in the top 15 percent of her class with a Juris Doctor and certificate in Child and Family Law in December, 2010.
Following admission to the California State Bar and the United States Federal District Court - Southern District, she started her own firm providing mediation and legal representation focusing on family law issues, including divorce, custody, and financial support. Particular areas of study and research have included the inter-play between domestic violence and religion, 1st amendment concerns for military chaplains, and various issues concerning religious and political non-profit organizations. During this time, she was able to provide legal counsel to various non-profit groups, and volunteer at Stand-Down San Diego, providing legal advice to homeless veterans. As a fellow with the AMVETS Legal Institute, Tricia heads up the Military Sexual Assault and Harassment Division and has worked on discharge upgrade cases, TSGLI appeals, VA benefits, and family law cases. As a granddaughter of a WW II era vet, daughter of an Air Force Special Forces (PJ) Vietnam POW, Purple Heart recipient, sister to an Army National Guard Chaplain, and aunt to two active duty soldiers and one airman, Tricia is honored to use her legal skills and education to serve those who have served us, in her role as Clinical Fellow at the Institute.