Frances Turner Mock

Senior Lecturing Fellow


 

Frances Turner Mock is a Senior Lecturing Fellow teaching Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing.

Mock graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude and received the Law School Community Award. As a student, she was Senior Editor of the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems and co-director of the Public Interest Law Foundation. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley, Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina.

Mock formerly practiced law with one of North Carolina’s largest law firms representing clients in state and federal court, mediation, and arbitration. She now has her own law practice specializing in risk management and managing claims for experiential education and adventure-based programs. She is national risk management counsel for Outward Bound, Inc. and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She speaks regularly at national conferences and writes articles for the outdoor, camping, and recreation industry.

As a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, Mock represented indigent defendants charged with federal crimes. She was appointed as co-counsel in a death penalty case and obtained a favorable unanimous published opinion from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also successfully argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of four counties that a state statute imposing a fee on indigent defendants was unconstitutional.

A former whitewater rafting guide, Mock now enjoys doing sprint triathlons with her husband and playing with her two young children.