Laura A. Frase joined the UNT Dallas College of Law faculty in 2018 as an Assistant Professor. She previously served as the College of Law’s Director of Advocacy Programs. Prof. Frase’s expertise is in the areas of Client Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, and the psychological and cognitive biases that impact this subject matter.
Professor Frase received her juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law where she served on the Law Journal’s Board, was on various Mock Trial teams, and was the Founder of the San Antonio Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Prof. Frase also received her Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in 2013. Professor Frase received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee with a BA in International Relations.
Before joining the faculty at UNT Dallas College of Law, Prof. Frase practiced law in Dallas Texas for over 30 years, specializing in insurance defense and toxic tort defense litigation. She managed a national docket encompassing thousands of cases for multiple clients, often serving as National Coordinating Counsel and National Settlement Counsel.
Professor Frase’s research focuses on the foundational skills of attorneys, including the study of cognitive biases. Her article Refining Our Thinking About Thinking: Battling the Sway of Cognitive Biases in Negotiation, 51 Cumb. L. Review 347 (2021) is set to be included in a chapter of a forthcoming book MEDIATION IN AN EVOLVING WORLD: THEORY AND PRACTICE, set for publication in March 2024.
Professor Frase is recognized for her expertise in her field as she serves as an Invited Member to two National Committees dedicated to the redesign and development of the NEXTGEN Bar Examination (Content and Scope Committee [2021-2022] and Tasks and Rubrics Advisory Committee, [2023-2025]).
Professor Frase is a regularly invited speaker and trainer on negotiation and decision-making skills at professional and non-profit organizations. She is honored to serve as an invited member of the Texas Bar Foundation, among other organizations.