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Trychta wins national award for academic support

WVU Law Teaching Professor Kirsha Trychta

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kirsha Trychta, a teaching professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, has been recognized by a national organization for helping law students succeed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trychta, who directs the WVU Law Academic Excellence Center, recently received the 2021 Impact Award from the Association of Academic Support Educators. She was recognized for her approach to teaching students and connecting AASE members in the face of COVID-19.

“The last year has been extraordinarily challenging for the law school academic support community,” said Trychta. “To be individually recognized as having a substantial impact on the academic support profession during any year, let alone this year, is humbling and exceptionally meaningful. I am truly honored.”

Trychta is chair of the AASE Online Presence Committee. The national organization is made up of academic success professionals who work to make legal education accessible to all students. Members collaborate to develop and implement research-based teaching methods and design programs that help students succeed in law school, on the bar exam and in their legal careers.

In addition to providing academic support to WVU Law students, Trychta coaches intercollegiate advocacy teams and teaches criminal law and evidence, among other courses.

Before joining WVU Law in 2015, Trychta was a legal writing professor, a clinical law professor and academic support professor in Pittsburgh. She was previously assistant chief counsel in the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel where she represented indigent criminal defendants as a court-appointed defense attorney.

Trychta received her law degree from Duquesne University and her bachelor’s degree in honors psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.



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