Professor Patthoff specializes in legal analysis and communication. She joined the faculty in 2012. Prior to that time, she taught at the University of Idaho College of Law where she was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award. She has taught courses in legal analysis, advocacy, and judicial writing.
Professor Patthoff is a double Mountaineer: she graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.A. in English, and she earned her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. Immediately following law school, she served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. on the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Professor Patthoff is an editorial board member of the peer-edited journal, Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD. She also serves as an ambassador for Chapman’s Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her scholarly interests include teaching pedagogy and legal writing. Professor Patthoff is a member of the West Virginia bar.