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Kirsha Weyandt Trychta, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills, Director of Academic Excellence
School of Law
Academic Excellence Program

Room 128 Center for Legal Information
Phone: 412.396.4617


J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 2006
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2003

Kirsha Weyandt Trychta joined Duquesne University School of Law full-time in 2013 as the director of the academic excellence program. In addition to her academic excellence responsibilities, Professor Trychta also teaches several other courses, including Advanced Legal Reasoning.

Prior to accepting her current position, Professor Trychta served as assistant chief counsel at the Office of Conflict Counsel where she represented indigent criminal defendants as a court-appointed defense attorney. She also worked briefly as a prosecutor in Allegheny County and served as a judicial law clerk in Somerset County.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne's School of Law. While enrolled at Duquesne, she assisted on several faculty publications and earned the Carol Los Mansmann Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. In addition to writing, she competed nationally in three moot court competitions.

Professor Trychta graduated magnum cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in honors psychology. Concurrent with the honors designation, she received the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her work with liver cancer patients. ProfessorTrychta also obtained a Certification in Latin American Studies following an intensive language immersion program in Mexico.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dustin, and their French bulldog named Elvis.



  • Academic Support
  • Advanced Legal Reasoning
  • Criminal Defense Program
  • Legal Research & Writing


Prof. Trychta conducts research in the areas of academic support, criminal law, and criminal procedure.



2014: Authored and presented an American Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division CLE entitled "Persuasive Use of Trial Exhibits?"

2013: Presented at School of Law's Clinical Legal Education CLE, "Externship Supervisor Training"

2013: Authored and presented Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, "Is Miller v. Alabama's Ban on Automatic Life Sentences Just for Kids?"

2013: Authored and presented a training program for lawyers interested in becoming court-appointed criminal defense attorneys in Allegheny County

2013: Guest speaker on Pennsylvania Cable Network's show Crime and Punishment

2012: Authored and presented at Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, "Effective Use of Suppression Motions in State Court"

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Allegheny County Bar Association, Bar Leadership Institute

Allegheny County Bar Association, Criminal Litigation Section Council Member