Scott Franks, Ryerson University

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Assistant Professor Toronto, Ontario scott.franks@ryerson.ca

Bio/Research

Scott Franks is an acting assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. His LLM research investigates barriers and opportunities to the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in law schools (funded through Social Sciences and Humanities Rese...

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Bio/Research

Scott Franks is an acting assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. His LLM research investigates barriers and opportunities to the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in law schools (funded through Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [SSHRC CGS-M], Viscount Bennett, York University Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship, and Law Foundation of British Columbia).

Prior to his L.L.M., Franks clerked for the Honorable Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada and practised 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. Franks is Métis from northern Saskatchewan.

Frank's research is in the areas of Canadian Aboriginal law, Indigenous legal orders, constitutional law, legal professionalism and ethics, and Indigenous and interdisciplinary research methodologies. His current research considers how prejudice reduction theory in social psychology may assist educators and administrators in identifying and responding to barriers to Indigenous legal education in Canadian law schools. His planned PhD research considers the self-determination of Métis communities and the construction of Métis legal identity at the Supreme Court of Canada (SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier). He also writes in criminal law and procedure, administrative law, and in other legal areas relevant to Indigenous-settler relations.


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