» Abigail Patthoff
Professor, Legal Research and Writing Faculty

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Abigail Patthoff
Office Location:
Kennedy Hall 350F
West Virginia University, Bachelor of Arts
West Virginia University, Juris Doctor

Professor Patthoff specializes in legal analysis and communication. She joins the faculty after four years of teaching 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 has served as assistant editor of Legal Writing: TheJournal of the Legal Writing Institute. She has also been involved at the national level with the Legal Writing Institute through her service as a member of the Institute’s survey committee, which gathers data about program design, curriculum, and other matters of concern to the legal writing community. She has presented both scholarly and pedagogical work at conferences for legal educators. Her current research interests are in the areas of education law and teaching pedagogy. Professor Patthoff is a member of the West Virginia bar.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
This is Your Brain on Law School: The Impact of Fear-Based Narratives on Law Students, 2015 Utah L. Rev. 391.