Elizabeth M. Fraley joined the faculty of the Baylor Law School as a full-time professor in Fall 2015. Professor Fraley, a prominent Dallas trial lawyer, teaches in Baylor’s renowned Practice Court Program. According to Dean Brad Toben, “Professor Fraley is an accomplished trial lawyer and is an outstanding addition to our Practice Court faculty.”
Professor Fraley's primary teaching responsibilities include Practice Court III. This course focuses upon trial and post-trial procedure, summary judgments, as well as trial advocacy topics such as jury selection. Additionally, she assists Professor Jerry Powell, Director of the Practice Court program, in Practice Court II, which focuses upon trial evidence, procedure and advocacy, by teaching trial advocacy skills, including witness examination, opening statements and closing arguments.
Fraley works with the other members of the Practice Court faculty, Professors Jim Wren and Jeremy Counseller and Justice Jan Patterson. Professor Jim Wren has primary responsibility for Practice Court I, focusing upon pre-trial procedure and discovery. Professor Jeremy Counseller teaches trial advocacy and will eventually have primary responsibility for teaching Practice Court II. Justice Jan Patterson, Justice in Residence, teaches written advocacy, with a focus upon advocacy to the court in hearings such as on summary judgment or Daubert motions.
Fraley graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1985 before attending Baylor Law School. While at Baylor Law, Fraley was a member of the Baylor Law Review and active in national moot court and mock trial teams. Following graduation, she joined Scott, Douglass & Luton (now Scott, Douglass & McConnico) in Austin, becoming a partner in three years. She and her husband, Scott Fraley, subsequently opened Fraley & Fraley, LLP in Dallas in 1995 where she serves as managing partner. The firm and Fraley hold an AV Preeminent rating of 5.0/5.0 with Martindale Hubbell. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and various U.S. District Courts. Her practice focuses on litigation and mediating medical malpractice claims, professional licensing claims, and business and commercial disputes, and she has tried more than fifty civil jury trials.
For years, Fraley served as adjunct faculty for Baylor and SMU, teaching trial advocacy. She is a frequent faculty member for NITA’s Southern Deposition Institute and will serve as trial faculty for the Notre Dame Law School Intensive Trial Academy this fall. Fraley also serves on the faculty for Baylor’s Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews, Scotland.
Fraley is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has served on the Masters in Trial team. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly annually since 2004 and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine annually since 2011. She is a frequent CLE speaker and contributor.
Fraley and her husband Scott have three children, twins Zach and Alex (22) and Katie (13), of whom they are inordinately proud. She is humbled and honored to be joining the Baylor Law Practice Court team.