Faculty of Business and Law

Swinburne Law School

Professor Richard Frase

Benjamin N. Berger Professor in Criminal Law, Co-Director, Robina Institute of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice

Richard FraseProfessor Richard S. Frase is the Benjamin N. Berger Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is also the Co-Director, Robina Institute of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice, which brings legal education, legal and sociological research, theory, policy, and practice together to solve common and important problems in the criminal justice system. 

Professor Frase’s scholarship examines Minnesota and other state sentencing guidelines, punishment and proportionality theories, criminal procedure in the US and abroad, and comparison of sentencing law and practice in US states and in other nations. He is the author or co-author of eight books and over seventy articles and essays on these topics in leading journals including the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review and the Chicago Law Review.

Professor Frase teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and the federal defense clinic. He has also taught the Misdemeanor Prosecution Clinic and a Federal Prosecution clinic. His seminars include sentencing guidelines, sentencing policy, and comparative criminal procedure.

Professor Frase graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Haverford College. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago, where he was Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Luther M. Swygert, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and was an associate attorney for the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago from 1972 to 1974. Professor Frase then became a research associate and Arnold Shure Fellow at the University of Chicago-Center for Studies in Criminal Justice.

In 1977 he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School. He was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 1988-89 and became Berger Professor in 1991. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Christian Albrechts Universität in Kiel, Germany, and at the Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany. Professor Frase is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Society of Criminology, and the American, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar Associations. He is a frequent contributor to radio, television, and newspaper reports on criminal justice issues.