What sets Weinman apart from other attorneys is her unique ability to be assertive and tough with her opponents while remaining compassionate and empathetic with her clients. Weinman's commitment and desire to help others was what inspired her to attend law school. Upon graduating from Temple University Beasley School of Law, she became a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she prosecuted adults and juveniles. She enjoyed the reputation for being a tough, yet fair and reasonable prosecutor. Her success rate is impressive. As a prosecutor, Weinman never lost a case. Her experience there motivated her to become a criminal defense attorney. Weinman also served as a Child Advocate in Philadelphia Dependency Court, and has represented the interests of children in juvenile courts.
In her private criminal practice, Weinman represents defendants in State, County and Federal Courts and defends the rights of indigent clients for the City of Philadelphia. Understanding a criminal matter from both sides of the courtroom gives Weinman a unique perspective and huge leg-up over her opponents. She decides civil cases as a Philadelphia Arbitrator giving her the added perspective from the bench.
Weinman is a master at knowing how to get around systems.
For over two decades, she has operated her legal practice, advocating for individuals charged with a crime, asserting their special education right to a free and appropriate education, fighting it out in small claims court, defending a moving violation, and for those who are faced with the overwhelming task of navigating through the family law system.
In the course of practicing law, Weinman encountered her own challenges. She has raised a son with Asperger Syndrome (AS), providing her the opportunity for years of on-the-job training and education in the area of Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). In her ongoing passion to make the road easier for others, Weinman chose to put her newfound "degree" in AS and ASDs to good use. That is why she chose to combine her years of experience in criminal and family law with the special issues confronted by those on the autistic spectrum. Weinman counsels and represents clients with ASDs who are arrested in school or for drunk driving, drug use, theft, stalking, terroristic threats, harassment, or simple assault. Her unique perspective and experience also led her to represent the needs of parents who are negotiating a custody settlement and have a child on the autistic spectrum. The child's special needs play a key role in determining custody and knowing what to ask for. That's what also led Weinman to advocate for the special educational needs of students with ASDs and other disabilities.
Weinman founded Autism Advisors & Advocates LLC to assist families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. visit at: www.autismadvisorsandadvocates.com.
She taught law courses at Penn State University and instructed at Temple University.
Weinman serves on the Board of Trustees of the Asperger and Autism Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (ASCEND), a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of Asperger's and Autism. She is also trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Weinman has authored educational reference books for schools, entitled Special Education Law in America, Higher Education Law in America and Private Education Law in America. Weinman has also written numerous articles covering The Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), which is the federal law that protects personally identifiable information included in student educational records, and articles for LRP Publications on disability law.
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Weinman is admitted to the PA and NJ Bars, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was appointed to serve on the Federal Criminal Justice Panel to represent clients in federal court.
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