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Scott Franks

LLM (Osgoode); PhD (in progress, University of Ottawa)

  • 1822 East Mall, Peter A. Allard School of Law

    V6T 1Z1 Vancouver


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Franks is a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation and is from northern Saskatchewan. His doctoral research investigates the judicial construction of Métis legal identity in the Alberta Métis settlements (University of Ottawa; SSHRC - Doctoral - Joseph-Armand Bombardier). His LLM research investigated barriers and opportunities to the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in law schools (SSHRC CGS-M, CBA Viscount Bennett, York University Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship, and Law Foundation of British Columbia).

Franks clerked for the Honorable Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced at Olthuis Kleer Townshend L.L.P., a national Indigenous rights law firm. He has a juris doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and is an alum of McGill University (Political Science) and Lester B. Pearson, United World College of the Pacific. Prior to Allard, Franks was a member of the inaugural faculty of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Franks' research is in the areas of Canadian Aboriginal law and Indigenous legal theory and practice. He also writes in criminal law and procedure, and in other legal areas relevant to Indigenous-settler relations.