Kirsha Trychta

Kirsha Trychta

Teaching Associate Professor
Director of the Academic Excellence Center

Education

  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 2006

Biography

Kirsha Trychta works as a Teaching Associate Professor and the Director of Academic Excellence at the West Virginia University College of Law. She previously worked in a similar role at the Duquesne University School of Law, providing academic assistance to law students, teaching in the legal writing program, and supervising students in the clinical program. Before becoming a professor, she served as assistant chief counsel at the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel where she represented indigent criminal defendants as a court-appointed defense attorney. Trychta also worked briefly as a prosecutor and served as a judicial law clerk.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University 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.

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. She 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.

Publications

Textbooks

  • Evidence: Common Law and Federal Rules of Evidence (7th ed., LexisNexis 2015) (co-authored).
  • Teaching Materials for Evidence: Common Law and Federal Rules of Evidence (LexisNexis 2015).

Trade Journals

  • Do Law Schools Still Really Have the Option to Preclude Academically Underperforming Students from Participating in Experiential Learning Experiences?, The Learning Curve (AALS Section on Academic Support) (forthcoming 2016).
  • Scavenger Hunt, The Learning Curve (AALS Section on Academic Support), Winter 2016, at 15.
  • News & Announcements, The Second Draft (Legal Writing Institute), Spring 2016, at 43.
  • Using the Billable Hour to Help Shape Law Students’ Time Management Skills, The Learning Curve (AALS Section on Academic Support), Winter 2015, at 13.
  • Foreword to Fourth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student, Duquesne Law Review, Vol 53.1, at 7 (2014).

Teaching Experience

Duquesne University School of Law

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills & Director of Academic Excellence, 2013-2015
  • Adjunct Professor of Legal Research & Writing, 2009-2013
  • Adjunct Professor (and Attorney Supervisor) of the Criminal Defense Externship, 2008-2013

Practice Experience

  • Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
    • Assistant Chief Counsel, 2008-2013
  • Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
    • Assistant District Attorney, 2007-2008
  • Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County
    • Judicial Law Clerk, 2006-2007
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