Laurie received her undergraduate degree from the University of California-Irvine in Social Ecology, with a specialization in Criminal Law, and received her J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California in 1992.

She is a member of several regional chapters of Community Associations Institute (CAI), and regional bar associations. Laurie enjoys supporting and volunteering for various non-profits and charities, such as providing meals, clothing and other items to those in need, church activities, and enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two boys.