Assistant Professor of Law
About Professor Frank
Demetria D. Frank joined the Memphis Law faculty in 2013. She currently teaches courses in Evidence, Federal Courts, Trial Practice and Pretrial Litigation. Prior to joining Memphis Law, Professor Frank was a member of the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty where she also taught courses in Torts and Appellate Advocacy. Professor Frank also teaches Torts in the Tennessee Institutive for Pre-Law Students, a program devoted to increasing the diversity of Memphis Law's student body through performance based admission. Professor Frank also serves as advisor to the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the Black Law Students' Association and has been a mock trial team coach for several of its members.
Professor Frank's scholarship and speaking interests are in the areas of civil and criminal courtroom evidence, systemic discrimination and federal court litigation practice. Her most recent publication, The Proof is in the Prejudice: Implicit Racial Bias, Uncharged Act Evidence & the Colorblind Courtroom, was published in the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice and addresses the role of implicit bias in admitting uncharged act evidence against racially diverse criminal defendants. Professor Frank has presented on a number of issues related to race in courtroom, systemic disparity, implicit bias and mass incarceration.
Prior to law teaching, Professor Frank attended the University Of Texas School Of Law receiving her J.D., in 2005. Following law school, she was a toxic tort attorney where she represented injured plaintiffs in products liability lawsuits. Professor Frank has also served as a Community Prosecutor in the Dallas City Attorney's Office and as an Associate Judge for the City of Dallas and the City of Houston.
The University of Texas School of Law, 2005; University of Houston (cum laude).
State Bar of Texas
University of Wyoming College of Law, Assistant Professor of Law (2011-2013), Brent Coon & Associates, PC, Litigation Manager (2009-2011); The City of Dallas, Associate Municipal Court Judge, Assistant City Attorney (2007-2009); Waters & Kraus, LLP, Associate (2005-2007)
Evidence, Federal Courts, Pretrial Litigation, Torts and Trial Practice
The Medical Device Federal Preemption Trilogy: Salvaging Due Process for Injured Patients. 35 S. Ill.U. L.J. 453 (2011).