Frances Turner Mock

Senior Lecturing Fellow

  • Frances Turner Mock
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    Room: 4006
    Phone: 919-613-8509
    Fax: 919-613-7231
    210 Science Drive
    Box 90360
    Durham, NC 27708-0360

Frances Turner Mock is a Senior Lecturing Fellow. She teaches Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (a required first year course), Negotiation, and Corporate Counseling and Communication (for upper level students).

Mock graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude and received the Law School Community Award. As a student, she was a 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. For more than ten years she has owned her own law practice specializing in risk management and managing claims for recreational programs.  Her clients are mostly large, international non-profits with wilderness-based or international operations.  She is counsel for Outward Bound, Inc., LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School, 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 and playing with her two children.