Laura A. Frase is Assistant Professor of Law as of fall 2018 at UNT Dallas College of Law, teaching Practice Foundation 1: Interviewing and Counseling, and Practice Foundation II: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She also teaches Dispute Resolution on the topic of decision-making. Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, Frase will direct the law school’s Advocacy program, including student competitions around the country. Prior to joining the faculty full time, she was an Adjunct Professor at UNT Dallas College of Law, teaching negotiation.
Prof. Frase earned her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee majoring in International Relations. She earned her J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio Texas, where she served as an Associate Editor of St. Mary’s Law Review. She was also a member of the academic fraternity of Phi Delta Phi and was honored by St. Mary’s Board of Advocates. Seeking to deeper her understanding of conflict management, in 2013 she earned a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas in Dispute Resolution.
Prior to joining the College of Law, Frase practiced law in Dallas for over 30 years, concentrating on insurance defense and mass tort trial litigation. She served as Regional and National Coordinating Counsel for a number of her clients and trained attorneys across the country on strategies for the defense of those clients. She also served several of her clients in the role of Negotiation/Settlement Counsel. In 1994 she was named Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Prof. Frase is an accomplished author of numerous articles on cognitive biases that impact negotiation and decision-making. She is also a frequent local and national speaker on these and other topics related to dispute resolution. Prof. Frase began her dedication to volunteerism and community service at the age of 15. An almost life-time resident of Dallas, Prof. Frase is a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Dallas, having served in numerous leadership and training positions. As Bylaw Chair, she revised the JLD’s governing documents enhancing its entire leadership structure. She is also past president of the CHANCE Center Auxiliary Board, and has served on other non-profit boards of directors in our community.