After passing the Oregon State Bar in 2009, Ms. Weygandt began her legal practice as a public defender in Umatilla County where she has been a zealous advocate for both her juvenile and her adult clients. For over a decade, she vigorously defended her clients in criminal, juvenile and dependency matters. Throughout that time, she represented numerous clients suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. Ms. Weygandt understands how to advocate for such clients effectively within the criminal justice system to achieve favorable outcomes. Ms. Weygandt is widely respected by the court and her follow attorneys for her ability to litigate cases.
Ms. Weygandt’s mother was deaf and as a result, Weygandt has personal experience working with the disabled and knows first-hand about the Americans With Disabilities Act’s potential applicability.
Before entering Willamette University, College of Law, Ms. Weygandt had several occupations, including cable television technician, waitress, and interior decorator. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a double major in philosophy and political science. While attending law school, Ms. Weygandt clerked with the Oregon Department of Justice Child Advocacy Section and with a private attorney who practiced criminal defense.