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Joi Tatum Christoff

Associate Professor of Law

334-386-7917Jones School of Law

About Joi Tatum Christoff

Joi Tatum Christoff joined the faculty of Jones School of Law in 2006.  She currently teaches Torts to first-year law students and Bar Exam Skills & Strategies to third-year students.  Professor Christoff is admitted to the Alabama State Bar and serves on the Alabama State Bar Board of Editors.  She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Professor Christoff earned her Juris Doctorate from Faulkner Law, graduating magna cum laude.  She earned an LL.M. degree in Tax from the University of Alabama School of Law. Before accepting her teaching position at the Law School, Professor Christoff clerked for Justice Harold See, Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.



B.S.B.A., Auburn University Montgomery

J.D., Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

LL.M., University of Alabama School of Law



  • The Inevitability of Discretion: What Proponents of Parenting Time Guidelines Can Learn from Thirty Years of Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 8 Drexel L Rev. 101 (2016).
  • Out on a Limb: Appointing a Parenting Coordinator with Decision-Making Authority in the Absence of a Statute or Rule, 53 Fam. Ct. Rev. 575 (2015).
  • Empower the Student, Liberate the Professor: Self-Assessment by Comparative Analysis, 40 S. Ill. U. L. J. 249 (2015).
  • The Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege as an Occasional Instrument of Injustice: An Argument for a Criminal Threat Exception, 36 S. Ill. U. L.J. 445 (2012).
  • Is Parenting Coordination a Usurpation of Judicial Authority? Harmonizing Authority for, Benefits of, and Limitations on this Legal-Psychological Hybrid, 7.2 Tenn. J.L. & Policy 364 (2011).
  • Your Appellate Brief: An Obstacle Course for the Court or a Clear Pathway to Your Conclusion?, 73 Ala. Lawyer 345 (September 2012).
  • Why and How Alabama Courts Should Use Parenting Coordination in Divorce Cases, 72 Ala. Lawyer 200 (July 2011).
  • Alabama’s Evolving Standard of Admissibility for Expert Scientific Testimony, 6 Jones L. Rev. 87 (2002).